Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Linked to Injuries
You may be aware that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are associated with muscle damage and pain. But even few doctors are aware that a study published in a major medical journal found statin drugs to be associated with an increased risk of musculoskeletal injuries. This included an increased risk of dislocations, strains, and sprains. More specifically, researchers found that treatment with a statin was associated with a 19% increased risk of any type of musculoskeletal injury, a 13% increased risk of dislocations, strains, and sprains, and a 9% increased risk of musculoskeletal pain!
The study included 6,967 statin users and compared their symptoms to that of an equal amount of people who did not take statins. Most of the treatment group (73.5%) was taking simvastatin, also known as Zocor.
There are many potential side effects associated with statin drugs. Examples include:
- Abdominal cramping and/or pain
- Bloating and/or gas
- Difficulty sleeping
- Flushing of the skin
- High blood sugar(Type 2 diabetes)
- Kidney damage
- Liver damage
- Memory Loss
- Mental Confusion
- Muscle aches, tenderness, or weakness (myalgia)
- Nausea and/or vomiting
In case you are not aware of the common brand name statin drugs, I have listed them below:
- Advicor®(niacin extended-release/lovastatin)
- Altoprev®(lovastatin extended-release)
- Caduet®(amlodipine and atorvastatin)
- Lescol XL(fluvastatin extended-release)
- Simcor®(niacin extended-release/simvastatin)
If you are on a statin drug and are looking for alternatives, then schedule a visit with one of the doctors at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
 Mansi I, Frei CR, Pugh MJ, Makris U, Mortensen EM. Statins and musculoskeletal conditions, arthropathies, and injuries. JAMA Intern Med 2013; DOI:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6184