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Musculoskeletal problems 'commonly caused by statins'

Muscle problems with statins could be more common than previously assumed, say German researchers.

The cross-sectional study looked at reporting of muscular symptoms in over 1,030 patients over 50 years of age in primary care, and found a 50% increase in risk in those taking lipid lowering therapies.

In all, 44% of all the patients taking lipid-lowering drugs had muscular complaints, compared with 39% of the patients not taking them.

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