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Are there any major side effects from statins?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The most common side effects from statins include 1) myalgia and increased CPK from skeletal muscle and 2) elevated liver function tests reflecting liver inflammation.
A vast majority of these side effects are benign. There have been instances of severe skeletal muscle damage or severe liver damage but these episodes are very unusual.

In brief: Yes

The most common side effects from statins include 1) myalgia and increased CPK from skeletal muscle and 2) elevated liver function tests reflecting liver inflammation.
A vast majority of these side effects are benign. There have been instances of severe skeletal muscle damage or severe liver damage but these episodes are very unusual.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Dr. Francis Uricchio
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Dr. Charles Jost
Women, in particular, have also reported some loss of cognitive function on Lipitor. However this has ameliorated within 10 days of discontinuing the drug. I have not seen studies supporting these anecdotal claims, which is not to discount individual reactions.
Dr. Joshua Buckler
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Diabetes

There are also new warnings about the possibility of statins causing diabetes.
Often however, the benefit of statins, which is well proven, far outweighs this risk.

In brief: Diabetes

There are also new warnings about the possibility of statins causing diabetes.
Often however, the benefit of statins, which is well proven, far outweighs this risk.
Dr. Joshua Buckler
Dr. Joshua Buckler
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