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Side Effects of Statins

Taking Statins

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  • Seventeen percent of patients taking statin drugs reported side effects such as muscle pain, nausea, and liver and nervous system problems.
  • Two-thirds of those who reported side effects quit taking the drugs; half of those prescribed statins quit taking them at least temporarily, while 20 percent quit for more than a year.
  • Taking higher doses of the statins simvastatin (Zocor), atorvastatin (Lipitor) or rosuvastatin (Crestor) increases your risk of acute kidney injury by 34 percent, a condition that can be fatal.
  • Statins are also linked to diabetes, liver damage, memory problems, muscle weakness and more
  • Most people taking statin drugs do not need them; heart health can be optimized using dietary and other lifestyle strategies

By Dr. Mercola

One in four Americans over the age of 45 now takes cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, typically for the primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes.


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