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What are the side effects of statins?

“Statins” are the most potent cholesterol lowering drugs.  There are six on the market in the US.  There is a rare risk of serious liver or muscle damage (about one in a million).  This risk is more common if the drugs are combined with other medications.  A more common side effect is muscle pain or weakness in a small minority of users.  There is a great deal of misinformation on the internet about statins and their potential harms and benefits.  It is best to talk to a competent provider about your medications, not your neighbor or personal trainer.

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