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5 Reasons To Stop Or Switch Statins

Should you take a statin? Statins—a class of drug that includes atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), and others—are among the most effective drugs for lowering cholesterol. They are also among the most widely prescribed drugs of all time. Like other drugs, however, statins have potentially serious side effects, and there are instances in which they should not be taken. Here is a rundown of things you should look out for if you are taking a statin, and times when you should steer clear of the drugs altogether. Muscle pain and weakness About 10% of statin users get aches and pains, says William O'Neill, MD, a cardiologist at the University of Miami School of Medicine, in Miami, Fla. The higher your dose, the more likely you are to experience aches and pains. Much less common—but more serious—is (rhabdomyolysis), in which muscle cells break down and release proteins such as myoglobin that damage kidneys. "[The pain] is usually in the thighs, shoulders, upper arms, and/or lower back, and doesn't go away even when you are at rest," Dr. O'Neill says. Let your doctor know as soon as possible if you experience these symptoms. You may need to switch drugs, or stop statins co Continue reading >>

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