Additional side effects identified with statins

Following a review of data, the prescribing information for statins is being updated to reflect a number of different drug-class related side effects.

Patients should be made aware that treatment with any statin may sometimes be associated with depression, sleep disturbances, memory loss and sexual dysfunction.

Statins may very rarely be associated with interstitial lung disease. Patients should be advised to seek medical attention if they develop presenting features of interstitial lung disease such as dyspnoea, non-productive cough or deterioration in general health (e.g. fatigue, weight loss and fever)

Further information: MHRA

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