Question: Who Should Not Take Statins?

What are the long term side effects of atorvastatin?

Commonly reported side effects of atorvastatin include: hemorrhagic stroke, arthralgia, diarrhea, and nasopharyngitis.

Other side effects include: urinary tract infection, insomnia, limb pain, muscle spasm, musculoskeletal pain, myalgia, and nausea.

See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects..

Are statins worth the risk?

Although side effects believed to be caused by statins can be annoying, consider the benefits of taking a statin before you decide to stop taking your medication. Remember that statin medications can reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke, and the risk of life-threatening side effects from statins is very low.

What medications should not be taken with statins?

Lovastatin and simvastatin should not be combined with the following drugs:erythromycin.ketoconazole (Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric)itraconazole.clarithromycin.telithromycin.cyclosporine.boceprevir.telaprevir.More items…

What are the disadvantages of statins?

Cons of statins Most people are able to take statins without experiencing side effects, and the most common side effects of statins are mild. One is muscle pain, but that often goes away as the body adjusts to the drug. Another common side effect is feeling dizzy while on statins.

Why you should never take statins?

They can also cause problematic side effects. The most common include digestive problems, fatigue, cramps, and muscle pain (myalgias). A 2005 study found that over 10 percent of people taking high-dose statins had muscle pain. These side effects, depending on severity, can lead some to stop taking their medication.

What foods should be avoided when taking statins?

Grapefruit juice is the only food or drink that has a direct interaction with statins. Statins do not directly interact with any food but people taking statins should moderate their intake of saturated fats to help lower their LDL cholesterol and overall risk of cardiovascular disease.

Do statins weaken the immune system?

In addition to reducing cholesterol, statins also lower levels of inflammation in the body. Reducing inflammation probably helps statins to prevent heart attack and stroke. However, evidence is emerging that these statin effects may also have a downside, hindering the ability of the immune system to fight infections.

Can you drink alcohol while taking statins?

Drinking alcohol while on statins Overall, there are no specific health risks associated with drinking while using statins. In other words, alcohol won’t immediately interfere with or react with the statins in your body.

Can I refuse to take statins?

Our goal is to decrease your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. We know that for patients at high risk, statins can do this — and potentially save lives. Before you refuse to take a statin or stop taking a statin, consult your doctor.

Who should not take atorvastatin?

Atorvastatin can cause the breakdown of muscle tissue, which can lead to kidney failure. This happens more often in women, in older adults, or people who have kidney disease or poorly controlled hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). Atorvastatin is not approved for use by anyone younger than 10 years old.

Do statins clear the arteries of plaque?

Statins help lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol, in the blood. They draw cholesterol out of plaque and stabilize plaque, Blaha says.

Do statins age you faster?

Telomerase activity is associated with longer telomeres. Statins do have side effects, all medication does to some extent. And some of those side effects reported could also be deemed to be signs of premature aging. Memory loss and weakness or fatigue are both listed under ‘uncommon side effects’ on the NHS website.