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Statins and Cholesterol (cont.)

Statin side effects

Statins are safe and well tolerated; however, side effects may occur. They include:

  • muscle soreness,


  • generalized pain and weakness,


  • vomiting,


  • stomach cramps, or


  • brown discolored urine caused by breakdown of muscles cells being passed in the urine.

These symptoms may suggest possible muscle problems and rhabdomyolysis, a situation where muscle cells break down and cause kidney failure. These symptoms may present a medical emergency and should not be ignored. You should stop taking the statin medication and contact your health care practitioner immediately for advice. Liver inflammation may occur with statin use and often blood tests monitoring liver function are done on a routine basis.

Less serious side effects may include upset stomach, bloating and gas, constipation, and abdominal cramps. These symptoms are usually mild to moderate and generally disappear as the body adjusts to the medication.

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