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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Friday, 30 April 2010

Statins cause testicular pain

This post includes a summary of a paper published in The Annals of Pharmacotherapy Vol. 41, No. 1, pp. 138-142

Study title and authors:
The Statin Damage Crisis
Probable Statin-Induced Testicular Pain
Sunny A Linnebur, PharmD Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO
William H Hiatt, MD Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center

This paper can be accessed at:
This paper describes a case of a patient experiencing testicular pain on three occasions after taking three different statins.

(i) A 54-year-old man was started on lovastatin therapy.
(ii) Seven months after starting lovastatin, the patient experienced testicular discomfort that resolved upon discontinuation of the drug.
(iii) Afterward, he started simvastatin and again experienced testicular discomfort.
(iv) The simvastatin was changed to atorvastatin, and the pain resolved. However, three months after starting atorvastatin, the patient developed testicular pain, which resolved after the drug was stopped.

To conclude: A 54-year-old man tried three different types of statins and each time he developed testicular pain, which disappeared after the drugs were stopped.

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