For some reason, statin drugs, which reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and even death from heart disease by (this varies, of course, by other risk factors) up to 25-35 per cent , draw and intense amount of negative discussion on the internet.
There are lots of reasons for that – you can start with the anti-Pharma conspiracists, of course – but there’s also the fact that in surveys, a large minority of statin users (again, this depends on where the survey is taken but it’s commonly said to be up to about 20 %) report a significant number of side effects, such as muscle and joint pain, and especially fatigue and a feeling of “cloudiness”.
The problem is that with certain very specific exceptions, most of these complaints are “subjective”, that is, there’s no way to measure them to see if they are really a side effect of the drug or an “imagined” or expected effect.
Well, according to a recent small British study (60 people) published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 90% of the symptoms experienced by such patients while on their statin (just under half of all of them in the study stopped taking their statin because of “intolerable side effects”), were “all present when they took placebo pills” instead.
Doubt it for most people.
But if you’re one of those people for whom a statin could be literally life-saving, and you’re reluctant to take it cuz you’ve heard of these side effects, perhaps you could reconsider your decision and at least give it a try.