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Preventive Cardiology: Statins

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by Scholten A

Common Names

  • Lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor)
  • Simvastatin (Zocor)
  • Pravastatin (Pravachol)
  • Fluvastatin (Lescol)
  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • Rosuvastatin (Crestor)

Side Effects


Other Interactions

Statins can interact with certain foods, herbs, and supplements. Here are examples of potential interactions:
If you would like to take herbs or supplements while taking a statin, check with your doctor first.

Other Potential Concerns

If you have any of the following conditions, tell your doctor before you are prescribed statins:
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Liver disease
  • Organ transplant and take medicine to prevent transplant rejection
  • Recent major surgery
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding—Statins are not recommended in pregnant or nursing women.

Common Side Effects

More common side effects include:
  • Gas
  • Upset stomach
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Skin rash

Less Common Side Effects

Less common, but more serious side effects include:
  • Liver problems
  • Myopathy (muscle weakness)
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Kidney failure
  • Memory problems and confusion
  • Increased blood sugar levels


American Heart Association

US Food and Drug Administration



Health Canada

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada



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