“I feel pain and weakness in my muscles.”
If you have been taking a statin and you face the above situation, it is possible you may be experiencing a side effect from your statin.
What are statins?
It is alarming that more than 71 million Americans have been diagnosed with high cholesterol. There is no cure for high cholesterol, but you can control it. Statins have been around for 30 years and are considered the most trusted class of drugs that help to control your high cholesterol.
Are statins safe to use?
The short answer is yes, but like all medications, they are not without their risks. Through this article we will discuss both the risks and benefits of statin therapy.
Common statin side effects
Some of the most common side effects associated with a statin are:
Cause of these side effects
The risk of statin side effects increases as the dosage of the statin increases. The higher your statin dose, the higher the concentration of statin in your blood, leading to the higher the risk of a side effect.
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How statins help
Statins are clinically proven to reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and stroke*.
Statins are considered an effective class of drugs and have been around for over 30 years. The efficacy and utilization of statins across the globe clearly indicate that the potential benefits exceed their risk.
Statin dosage a problem
Statin dosage is an important factor that could increase the probability of statin side effects. Your doctor will help you decide your statin dose based on your cholesterol levels and your risk of developing heart disease.
If you are taking a higher dosage statin (e.g., 80 mg of atorvastatin), then there is a higher chance you may experience side effects.
If you experience side effects, you should talk to your doctor. Altering the statin dosage or changing to a different statin are effective ways of treating patients reporting such adverse side effects.
Pitavastatin – the newest statin to be approved – may be an option for you
Pitavastatin is a next-generation statin and the most recent to be approved in the U.S. Pitavastatin differs from other statins in the way our body processes it. At the highest dose (4 mg), only 3.1% of patients experience side effects from muscle pain.
In clinical studies, 4 mg pitavastatin was demonstrated to lower cholesterol:
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* The effect of pitavastatin on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not been determined.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION for ZYPITAMAG® (pitavastatin) tablets
Who should NOT take ZYPITAMAG?
ZYPITAMAG is not right for everyone. Do not take ZYPITAMAG if:
What is the most important information I should know and talk to my doctor about?
What are the most common side effects of ZYPITAMAG?
The most common side effects of ZYPITAMAG in clinical studies were:
This is not a complete list of side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of all drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store and take ZYPITAMAG?
Other important information I should know about ZYPITAMAG.
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