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Side Effects of Statins

Statins are some of the most widely prescribed medications in the world. They’re commonly prescribed for people who have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol.

Statins can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and help prevent heart attack and stroke. If you already have cardiovascular disease, statins may help keep your condition from getting worse.

Statins may also help increase your levels of healthy high-density lipoprotein (HDL) — aka “good” cholesterol — and improve the health of your arteries.

Most people who take statins have no noticeable adverse side effects. But side effects can happen, especially if you have certain risk factors. Many of these effects are the same for all statins. Some statins have unique side effects, as well.

Here’s what to you should know.

Statin side effects

There are currently seven types of statins approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

They include:

  • atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • fluvastatin
  • lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev)
  • pitavastatin (Livalo, Nikita)
  • pravastatin (Pravachol)
  • rosuvastatin (Crestor)
  • simvastatin (Zocor)

Common side effects of all statins

Side effects reported by some people include muscle pain and digestive problems.

Muscle pain is the most common side effect caused by statin use. A 2014 assessment found that intolerance of statins is a real issue usually noted as muscle-related symptoms. It’s estimated that between 1 and 10 percent of muscle symptoms are related to statin use.

Rare side effects of all statins

While taking statins, there’s a small risk of:

  • memory loss or confusion
  • increased blood sugar, which can lead to diabetes
  • kidney or liver damage

Dark or bloody urine or pain in your upper abdomen or chest can be signs of serious kidney and liver disorders. If you have any of these symptoms while taking a statin, call your doctor right away.

Lovastatin

Lovastatin generally causes fewer side effects than other, stronger statins. The most common side effects of this drug include:

  • digestive discomfort
  • infection symptoms
  • muscle pain or weakness

Taking lovastatin with a meal can sometimes ease digestive trouble.

Simvastatin

When taken at high doses, simvastatin may be more likely to cause muscle pain than other statins. The more common side effects of taking higher doses of this drug also include:

  • dizziness
  • fast or irregular heartbeat

Pravastatin

People taking pravastatin have reported fewer muscle aches and other side effects.

It’s generally well-tolerated with long-time use. However, the following side effects can occur with this drug:

  • muscle stiffness
  • painful joints

Atorvastatin

The most common side effects of atorvastatin use include:

  • headache
  • stuffy or runny nose

Fluvastatin

Fluvastatin is an alternative for people who have had muscle pain when taking other, stronger statins. However, side effects of this drug are still possible.

The most common side effects from using fluvastatin are:

  • diarrhea
  • joint pain
  • unusual tiredness or trouble sleeping
  • vomiting

Infection symptoms are other common side effects of using fluvastatin. Infection can cause:

  • chills
  • fever
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • sweating

Rosuvastatin

Rosuvastatin has the highest rates of reported side effects. Taking a lower dose may reduce or eliminate uncomfortable side effects.

The most common side effects with rosuvastatin are:

  • headache
  • joint pain
  • muscle pain and stiffness
  • rash

What can put you at risk

Side effects are possible for anyone taking a drug. That said, certain factors can make it more likely that you’ll have side effects from taking a statin.

You’re more likely to have side effects if you:

  • take more than one medication to reduce cholesterol
  • are female
  • have a small body frame
  • are 65 years or older
  • have kidney or liver disease
  • drink a lot of alcohol

Learn more about the different types of cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Talk to your doctor

Statin drugs can be valuable for managing your LDL and preventing heart disease. However, side effects may be a concern, especially if you have effects that are painful or bothersome.

If you have muscle pain or other side effects that you think are caused by taking a statin, talk to your doctor.

Don’t suddenly stop taking your prescribed medication without talking to your doctor. If you have side effects from the drug, your doctor might adjust your dosage or recommend a different statin.

 

The above article is courtesy of My EZ Health Guide and is intended for informational purposes only.

169 Comments
  • LISA DOVER
    Posted at 21:03h, 20 May Reply

    VERY INFORMATIVE…

  • Robin Ardrey
    Posted at 19:42h, 17 May Reply

    Very good information! Thanks for sharing.

  • David Morris
    Posted at 00:32h, 12 May Reply

    It’s good to know the side effects of these drugs.

  • B. Tvr
    Posted at 22:31h, 10 May Reply

    I’m curious, how would MD know which statin to prescribe? and, do the benefits outweigh the side effects/risks?

  • Kimberly smith
    Posted at 15:00h, 07 May Reply

    Thanks

  • Anisha Welch
    Posted at 15:00h, 02 May Reply

    Interesting article!

  • Kristin Meschke
    Posted at 02:33h, 26 April Reply

    Good info!!

  • Cheryl Grose
    Posted at 14:10h, 16 April Reply

    Good

  • Debra Bateson
    Posted at 23:31h, 10 April Reply

    I take simvastatin I don’t any side affects

  • Kerrie Bates
    Posted at 14:35h, 10 April Reply

    Good info ty

  • Kevin Klaine
    Posted at 14:11h, 10 April Reply

    Good Information, I use this medicine and the joint pain is the worst part.

  • Mable Freeman
    Posted at 18:14h, 09 April Reply

    Thank you and I wish I didn’t have to scroll all the way to the end of the comment to comment

  • Desmond Williams
    Posted at 17:36h, 09 April Reply

    Thank

  • Brian Bailey
    Posted at 17:06h, 09 April Reply

    Interesting. My mother had to stop taking statins because of joint and muscle pain fr
    Them. I’m in simvastaton so I keep an eye out on side effects too

  • Kalor Riley
    Posted at 16:35h, 09 April Reply

    Interesting

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    Posted at 15:45h, 09 April Reply

    Good information

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    Posted at 15:42h, 09 April Reply

    Great to know

  • Roger Moore
    Posted at 15:09h, 09 April Reply

    Roger Moore great info thanks

  • Tiffany Cell
    Posted at 15:03h, 09 April Reply

    Good information. I believe my grandmother is on at least one statin, so I’m going to check with my family.

  • Vicki Koch
    Posted at 14:39h, 09 April Reply

    Good article

  • Joe Drake
    Posted at 11:57h, 09 April Reply

    ok thanks

  • Craig Williams
    Posted at 23:41h, 08 April Reply

    Great Information

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    Posted at 19:58h, 08 April Reply

    Great information!

  • Karen Collins
    Posted at 12:35h, 08 April Reply

    Great to know! Fortunately I don’t need these meds.

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    Posted at 12:07h, 08 April Reply

    Loads of information. Never knew this

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    Posted at 13:52h, 07 April Reply

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    Posted at 01:47h, 06 April Reply

    I fell the side of from my meds

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    Posted at 01:41h, 06 April Reply

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    Posted at 00:26h, 06 April Reply

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    Posted at 17:52h, 05 April Reply

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  • Toby King
    Posted at 15:02h, 05 April Reply

    Read an article the other day about statins but was not this detailed. Great information

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    Posted at 14:12h, 05 April Reply

    Thank you for the information

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    Posted at 15:37h, 04 April Reply

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    Posted at 13:52h, 04 April Reply

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  • Jim Vogel
    Posted at 12:26h, 04 April Reply

    I was aware of a few of the side effects of taking statins, but found out many more after reading this article. Good to know.

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    Posted at 03:23h, 04 April Reply

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    Posted at 22:51h, 03 April Reply
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    Posted at 15:35h, 03 April Reply

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  • Matt
    Posted at 14:46h, 03 April Reply

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  • Victoria
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    Thanks

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    Posted at 20:28h, 02 April Reply

    Thank you!

  • Karen Brewer
    Posted at 20:15h, 02 April Reply

    Good information to share with family members taking meds-

  • Brandy Chandler
    Posted at 19:09h, 02 April Reply

    This was informative for me because even though I do not take medications, sometimes at work I have adults coming to me with symptoms that may be the outcome of their medication.

  • Alexander Broderick
    Posted at 19:08h, 02 April Reply

    Well, I guess I’m going to have to warn a few people about this product..

    But I know I don’t take it so I’m in the clear from these hazards.

  • Stacy
    Posted at 18:37h, 02 April Reply

    Good to know about these risks. I think the good outweighs the bad though.

  • Rossana Atrian
    Posted at 18:32h, 02 April Reply

    Good information, thank you..

  • Val Rensink
    Posted at 18:29h, 02 April Reply

    I remember my friend who was a pharmacy representative commenting on how good Lipator was, and did not mention side effects.

  • Aaryn Crosby
    Posted at 18:26h, 02 April Reply

    Ty

  • Rachelle Gizinski
    Posted at 18:15h, 02 April Reply

    Do the risk out weight the benefits for people who are borderline high cholesterol and would benefit trying to control it with diet and exercise?

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    Posted at 18:07h, 02 April Reply

    I have issues taking these drugs so this was eye opening.

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    Posted at 18:07h, 02 April Reply

    All of the information is very important to know, because of my diabetes and colestirol problems

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    Posted at 17:05h, 02 April Reply

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  • David Murray
    Posted at 16:57h, 02 April Reply

    I take the Rosuvastatin but not every day. I appreciate the information.

  • Debbie Jordan
    Posted at 16:48h, 02 April Reply

    SO……That is why my nose is always so stuffy. Good to know.

  • Lyndsay Myers
    Posted at 16:46h, 02 April Reply

    Thanks

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    Posted at 16:39h, 02 April Reply

    Very helpful.

  • Gary Burke
    Posted at 16:33h, 02 April Reply

    Thanks

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    Posted at 16:25h, 02 April Reply

    Nice article to remind me to stay vigilant for these side effects.

  • Linda
    Posted at 16:10h, 02 April Reply

    Good to know Thanks

  • John Lumley
    Posted at 16:07h, 02 April Reply

    Thank you!

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    Posted at 15:45h, 02 April Reply

    Thank you

  • Yolanda V Hodges
    Posted at 15:35h, 02 April Reply

    Thanks

  • Carlos Tenorio
    Posted at 15:33h, 02 April Reply

    The liver is always the common victim in side effects.

  • Michael Garcia
    Posted at 15:31h, 02 April Reply

    Good. Article thanks

  • Leila Cordingley
    Posted at 15:31h, 02 April Reply

    Good to Know. Thank you for the information.

  • Brandi Moran
    Posted at 15:27h, 02 April Reply

    Wow there there are a lot of side effects!

  • Stephanie Arnett
    Posted at 15:26h, 02 April Reply

    Good information!

  • Ramiro Samayoa
    Posted at 15:19h, 02 April Reply

    Thank you for the advice, it’s good to know the side effects before to start taking any medication .

  • John Kiminecz
    Posted at 15:17h, 02 April Reply

    Good article — thanks

  • Elizabeth Fogleman
    Posted at 15:13h, 02 April Reply

    Because several folks I know have been on statins for a while, this is helpful information.. Actually, it seems like more and more people are on meds than ever before.

  • Joan Jenkins
    Posted at 15:10h, 02 April Reply

    Statins can be difficult to take

  • Joan Jenkins
    Posted at 15:09h, 02 April Reply

    Good info since I take one of these meds

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    Posted at 15:09h, 02 April Reply

    Very useful information

  • Robin Thomas
    Posted at 15:08h, 02 April Reply

    Thank you!

  • Laurie Lierman
    Posted at 15:07h, 02 April Reply

    I will pass this information on to a family member who takes these drugs.

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    Posted at 15:07h, 02 April Reply

    Interesting.

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    Interesting stuff

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    Glad to hear that by reading these articles can save my life

  • Harold Little
    Posted at 15:01h, 02 April Reply

    I’ve recently had my annual checkup and had labs assessing my cholesterol. Even though I’m hypertensive, I’ve been fortunate to be asymptotic in other related areas of health. My numbers were well in the limits. This article serves a another resource to keep me aware.

  • Jodi Lee
    Posted at 15:00h, 02 April Reply

    Both my parents are taking these drugs ! Will need to make them aware of the side effects.. thanks for updates!

  • Kelly Pitts
    Posted at 14:59h, 02 April Reply

    My husband was on cholesterol medicine and had severe leg and muscle cramps. He stopped taking it – told his doctor and all they said was ok. Never offered an alternative drug or diet.

  • Rhonda Inman
    Posted at 14:57h, 02 April Reply

    Ok Thanks

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    Posted at 14:55h, 02 April Reply

    good to know

  • Shannon Purdy
    Posted at 14:54h, 02 April Reply

    I am fortunate to not have issues with high cholesterol but my husband does. This was good info to share with him. Thaks

  • Elizabeth Bixler
    Posted at 14:53h, 02 April Reply

    Thank you for the information

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    Posted at 14:53h, 02 April Reply

    WOW! So many people need to know this. So bless to have you guys.

    Thank you!

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    Posted at 14:53h, 02 April Reply

    Thanks for the information

  • Carlos Tenorio
    Posted at 14:53h, 02 April Reply

    I had no idea on memory loss being a side effect.

  • Gil Montiel
    Posted at 14:51h, 02 April Reply

    Thanks for the information.

  • Laura Dulaney
    Posted at 14:51h, 02 April Reply

    Thank you

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    Posted at 14:50h, 02 April Reply

    good to know, my husband takes statins

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    Posted at 14:47h, 02 April Reply

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    Thank you

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  • Danita Meeks
    Posted at 14:46h, 02 April Reply

    I try to stay away from any prescription medicines.

  • Susan Pourier
    Posted at 14:46h, 02 April Reply

    My blood pressure is 120/80. this now considered high! I disagree but I am not a Doctor. thank you for this article. Interesting and concerning.

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  • Dustin Walker
    Posted at 14:46h, 02 April Reply

    Hopefully I wont need any of this medication

  • Deborah Thomas
    Posted at 14:45h, 02 April Reply

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    Posted at 14:41h, 02 April Reply

    I would try everything I could to lower my cholesterol, exercise, weight loss, diet change before I would
    take a statin.

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    Posted at 14:40h, 02 April Reply

    Very informative.Thanks

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    ✌️

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    Ok, thanks.

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    Posted at 14:19h, 02 April Reply

    Never knew that

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    Posted at 14:09h, 02 April Reply

    Thank you

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    Posted at 14:06h, 02 April Reply

    Husband takes Statins good to know

  • Angela Lloyd
    Posted at 14:03h, 02 April Reply

    Thank you!

  • Hind
    Posted at 13:54h, 02 April Reply
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    Posted at 13:50h, 02 April Reply

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      Posted at 17:19h, 02 April Reply

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