Primary Evaluation and Management of Statin Therapy Complications

Dean A. Seehusen, MD, MPH, FAAFP; Chad A. Asplund, MD; Dawn R. Johnson, DO; Kevin Horde, A. DO


South Med J. 2006;99(3):250-254. 

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Statins are among the most widely prescribed medications in the United States and are likely to become even more popular. While there are well recognized adverse effects related to statin therapy, overall, these drugs have a very good safety record. Unfortunately, the patients in whom statin therapy is most useful also tend to be most at risk for serious side effects. Being aware of a patient's risk and using the lowest effective dose minimizes the occurrence of adverse events. Judicious and systematic use of laboratory testing will minimize needless evaluation and premature discontinuation of statin therapy.

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