Side effects of statins include hepatitis



Statins decrease the production of LDL cholesterol, also known as “bad cholesterol” in the liver. Patients with heart disease can also take statins to prevent other risks. Hepatitis is one of the rarer side effects of statins. This can cause flu-like symptoms, according to the NHS.

Hepatitis, especially in the short term, often doesn’t have any symptoms you may notice, making it difficult to spot.

Here are some of the potential symptoms you can develop according to the NHS:

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • High temperature
  • Nausea
  • Feeling unusually tired all the time
  • Dark urine and pale gray-colored poo
  • Yellowing of eyes and skin.

To see a full list of hepatitis symptoms, visit the NHS website here.

Although serious liver damage from statins is rare, it may be beneficial to monitor your liver function while taking statins, according to a study.


Should I take statins when I have liver disease?

Because statins can affect your liver and possibly cause serious problems, people with “badly damaged” livers should not take statins.

Your doctor should do your blood test to show if your liver is working properly, before prescribing statins.

If you have underlying liver problems, tell your doctor before prescribing statins and always follow their advice.

The NHS indicates that you should also have routine blood tests for your liver three months after starting your statin treatment, and again later after 12 months.

The risk of side effects can sometimes be increased by the interaction with other drugs.

Some types of statins can even interact with grapefruit juice.

Be sure to read the Patient Information Leaflet carefully to see possible interactions you should be aware of.

If you experience any side effects that make life difficult for you, or if you are not sure about the interactions, talk to your GP.


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