It’s well known that
cholesterol-lowering statin drugs often
cause muscle weakness – but it seems the
problem goes much deeper. New research
has discovered the drugs cause muscle
damage, and it could even be permanent
for a few. Researchers from the
University of Bern in Switzerland found
that people who had taken statins
suffered ‘significant’ muscle injury
that was still detectable years after
they stopped taking the drug.
The researchers believe the muscle
damage is serious enough to warrant a
review of alternative
cholesterol-lowering therapies for those
who complain of muscle pains.
(Source: Canadian Medical Association
Journal, 2009; 181: 1-2).