Adverse reaction to statins 'linked to increased CVD risk'

Patients experiencing a reaction will need careful management to ensure they stay on lipid-lowering therapy, researchers say

Patients who abandon statins after an adverse drug reaction are at increased risk of a subsequent CVD event, suggesting a need for more intensive management in general practice, researchers say.


They found lives could be saved if lipid-lowering medication was continued, such as through the use of an intermittent statin regimen.

The retrospective study of more than one million statin users in the UK found that 1.2% (19,000) had a statin-related adverse drug reaction (ADR) consultation in primary care.

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