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Muscle-wasting alert for elderly on statins: Side-effects may outweigh benefits, say experts.

Posted by Heather Campbell on

Study looked at pros and cons of over 75s taking cholesterol-lowering drug Found statins could be cheap way of preventing heart attacks and strokes But 1 in 1,000 suffer myopathy from taking the drugs, causing muscle pain Condition can lead to breakdown of muscle cells, kidney failure and death   Statins can prevent heart attacks in the elderly – but side-effects of muscle weakness and ‘brain fog’ may outweigh the benefits, warn US researchers. Even a small increase in the risk of these problems could affect the independence of older people, particularly because they are more sensitive to the effects of drugs,...

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