Statin Side Effects

Serious Statin Side Effects

Some side effects with statins are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • Signs of liver damage, such as:
 
    • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
    • Upper-right abdominal pain (stomach pain)
    • Dark urine
    • Elevated liver enzymes (see Statins and Liver Damage)


  • Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever or feel ill, which may be signs of serious breakdown of muscle, known as rhabdomyolysis (see Statins and Muscle Pain)


  • Memory loss


  • Significant, unexplained changes in the amount of urine you produce (which may be a sign of kidney problems)


  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
 
    • A rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
    • Swelling of the mouth, tongue, or throat.

  

Final Thoughts on Side Effects

You may experience some or none of the statin side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking a statin drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
 
 
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