Statin Toxicity

Just like many medications, statins can cause problems for some people. In some cases, these medications can cause potentially serious and life-threatening problems or toxicity. Statins are not suitable for everyone, so talk to your healthcare provider about any other medications you are currently taking and any other medical conditions you may have before starting treatment.
To help prevent statin toxicity or other complications, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you:
  • Drink alcohol frequently. Alcohol can affect the way the liver works, indirectly affecting the statins.
  • Eat grapefruit, drink grapefruit juice, or take supplements containing grapefruit.
  • Have liver disease or liver failure.
  • Have kidney disease or kidney failure.
  • Have any allergies (including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives).
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Statin toxicity or complications may also occur if you take too much of the medication. Seek immediate medical attention if you believe you have overdosed on statins, as an overdose may be lethal.
(Click Statin Overdose and Statin Warnings and Precautions for more information on possible problems that may occur while taking statins, such as toxicity or serious side effects that may require immediate medical care.)
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