'Nocebo effect' cause of most statin side effects: study
There's new evidence suggesting that nearly all of the side effects patients perceive when they take a statin may not be due to the drug at all.
UK researchers found that daily side-effect logs revealed 90% of the symptom burden elicited by a statin challenge were also elicited by placebo.
A phenomenon called the 'nocebo effect' where just the act of taking a medicine gives a patient the illusion the drug is causing unwanted symptom.
In the study, half of the 60 volunteers who had stopped taking a statin went back to the treatment after they participated in