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New Health Warning for Statin Drugs

Zocor (simvastatin) is a statin drug taken by around three million people in order to lower their cholesterol.  However, an analysis of clinical trial data has found that high doses can cause muscle damage and a rare condition which induces kidney problems and may be fatal.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to patients to be alert to signs of problems. It has also listed drugs that should not be prescribed to those on high doses of statins.

Muscle aches and damage are a known side effect of all statins.  The FDA found that patients on the 80mg dose were more likely to develop a severe form of muscle damage called myopathy.

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