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Dr. Mark Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Liver/muscle
Statin drugs usually are associted with muscle pains and possible muscle damage.
A CPK level of 10x upper limit of normal indicates the drug should be stopped. Liver damage is noted by a increase in the enzymes( alt and ast) . When the levels are greater than 3 x the upper limit of normal the statin should be stopped or decreased.The enzymes usually retun to lower levels. May switch to diff statin.

In brief: Liver/muscle
Statin drugs usually are associted with muscle pains and possible muscle damage.
A CPK level of 10x upper limit of normal indicates the drug should be stopped. Liver damage is noted by a increase in the enzymes( alt and ast) . When the levels are greater than 3 x the upper limit of normal the statin should be stopped or decreased.The enzymes usually retun to lower levels. May switch to diff statin.
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