Review Shows Statins Safe, Effective
Risks of Side Effects Very Low for Most Patients
Armitage concedes that not all of the safety questions regarding statins
have been answered.
Though her review found little evidence of problems in groups considered to
have the highest risk for side effects, including the elderly and alcoholics,
she acknowledges that these people are often excluded from clinical trials.
She adds that there is also not enough long-term safety data on newer
cholesterol-lowering drugs like AstraZeneca’s Crestor to fully understand their
“With a few caveats, and while awaiting good-quality randomized data for the
newer drugs, statins seem to be a remarkably safe group of drugs when used at
their usual doses,” she writes.