Statin muscle pain a 'nocebo': study

Muscle aches and pain reported by patients taking statins are often a nocebo effect, findings from a blinded European trial suggest.

Patients are more likely to report muscle-related adverse events when they know they are taking a statin compared with when they do not know they are taking them, according to a blinded randomised trial.

The findings come from a lipid-lowering trial in which half the 10,000 participants took atorvastatin 10mg and half took placebo.

During the unblended phase of the trial, which lasted three years, the excess rates of muscle

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