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The patient had side effects with statins: should she receive other therapy?

Leon A Simons

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Abstract

Although the benefits and general safety of statin drugs have been well established, some patients are experiencing adverse events and it may become necessary to suspend these drugs in these patients.

Key Points

  • Statin drugs reduce the future risk of cardiovascular disease and are generally safe.
  • Adverse events are uncommon but do occur and it may be necessary to discontinue treatment.
  • An assessment of absolute cardiovascular disease risk may assist in future patient management.

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