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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Sunday, 15 July 2012

After only six months of therapy with a statin (Zocor), nearly a quarter of the patients suffered from side effects

This study was published in the New Zealand Medical Journal 1991 Nov 27;104(924):493-5

Study title and authors:
Simvastatin and side effects.
Scott RS, Lintott CJ, Wilson MJ.
Princess Margaret Hospital, Christchurch.

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The object of the study was to investigate the side effects of simvastatin (Zocor). The study included 110 patients newly commenced on simvastatin who completed a side effects questionnaire after six months of therapy.

The study found:
(a) 23.6% of patients suffered side effects.
(b) 13.6% of patients suffered muscle aches.
(c) 4.5% of patients suffered gastrointestinal symptoms.

After only six months of therapy with a statin (Zocor), nearly a quarter of the patients suffered from side effects.