My friend says that some of the medications for cholesterol hurt your muscles. Is that true?
Dr Choi's response:
Yes, some classes of the cholesterol medications can cause muscle problems. These may range from vague muscle aches, to inflamed muscles (myositis), to full-blown muscle break-down (rhabdomyolysis), which can be extremely serious. Fortunately, rhabdomyolysis occurs rarely and with regular clinical check-ups and blood work, it can generally be avoided. All statin type medications are associated with muscle problems. We also know from medical research that statins dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in certain patients, therefore the benefits outweigh the risks.