C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.
Below is a list of possible complications. For many of these I think it is an oxymoron to call them “side effects”. Please note that MANY of these are quite serious and often are ignored when the patient complains of them. Several can lead to death! And many of them lead to long-standing disability!? Of course there is no such thing as a statin deficiency. And at the end I will list 10 SAFE alternatives!
Alteration of taste
Asthenia-generalized weakness and fatigue
Cranial nerve paralysis, any or all cranial nerves
Dermatomyositis—inflammation of skin and muscle
Drug interference-many negative interactions with other drugs
Dyspnea-shortness of breath
Eye muscle paralysis
Generalized inflammation, including rheumatoid arthritis like syndrome
Gynecomastia-breast growth in men
Leucopenia-loss of white blood cells
Liver necrosis—rapid liver death
Lupus erythematosus-like syndrome-severe autoimmune disease
Memory loss—sometimes SEVERE!
Myopathy-muscle weakness or wasting, including heart muscle
Paresthesias-creepy, crawly and other sensory disturbances
Peripheral neuropathy-motor or sensory or both
Polymyalgia rheumatica-severe pain and inflammation of muscles throughout the body
Rhabdomyolysis-destruction of muscle
Skin changes (e.g., nodules, discoloration, dryness of skin/mucous membranes, changes to hair/nails) have been reported
Steven-Johnson syndrome-death of epidermis-milder than toxic epidermal necrolysis
Thrombocytopenia-loss of platelets
Toxic epidermal necrolysis—necrosis (death) of skin
I would not take a statin drug for a trillion dollars. I used to say billion but billions have become so trite these days!
Niacin, including flush-free (although you do have to watch liver enzymes)
Deep relaxation daily