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Fewer than 1 in 10 statin takers experience side effects


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European Heart Journal
Reuters Health - 17/02/2022 - While many patients quit statins because of perceived side effects, a new meta-analysis shows less than 10% actually experience statin intolerance. The research, which included 176 studies and more than 4 million patients, revealed an overall statin intolerance prevalence of 9.1% or less. "Both physicians and patients should not be afraid of taking statins, as 91% of patients might tolerate them well without any side effects, and when the statin intolerance is defined based on approved definitions, it is even 93%, which is a better result in comparison to some anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic or antithrombotic drugs used commonly in cardiology," said Dr. Maciej Banach the Medical University of Lodz, Poland. "Our analysis also supports the physicians in the every-day work with these patients, as it clearly showed that there are some risk factors and conditions that might increase the risk of statin intolerance, like hypothyroidism...


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