Statin Dangers

Although most people tolerate statins well, they are not free of risks. Because these medications are not suitable for everyone, make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about possible statin dangers that may apply to you. For instance, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements) before starting treatment with statins. Dangers of these medications include potential side effects. Some of the most common ones include:
 
Although side effects of statins tend to be minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider, there are some serious side effects that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience problems such as memory loss, dark urine, or difficulty breathing.
 
Other statin warnings apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people who have certain allergies (including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives). Also, you may not be able to take statins if you have certain medical conditions, such as liver disease or kidney disease.
 
(Click Statin Side Effects and Statin Warnings and Precautions for more information on potential dangers to be aware of before starting treatment with statins.)
 
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