Fast Five Quiz: Statins

Mary L. Windle, PharmD

Disclosures

May 17, 2021

Adverse effects reportedly associated with atorvastatin include the following:

  • Diarrhea

  • Nasopharyngitis

  • Arthralgia

  • Insomnia

  • Urinary tract infection

  • Nausea

  • Dyspepsia

  • Increased aminotransferase levels

  • Muscle spasms

  • Musculoskeletal pain

  • Myalgia

  • Limb pain

  • Pharyngolaryngeal pain

A randomized trial examined the association of frequently intolerable statin side effects, such as muscle weakness and pain. The findings suggested that although many patients who report such symptoms while taking statins are indeed feeling them, they are potentially a nocebo effect. The SAMSON study found that 90% of the symptomatic burden was elicited by placebo tablets as well. Elsewhere, a study on erectile dysfunction found that statin use was associated with a small improvement in erectile function.

Read more dosing indications and clinical information about atorvastatin.

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