Statins linked to aches
DUNDEE University researchers have discovered some people are genetically prone to suffer muscle aches and pains when given statins, which are used to lower cholesterol.
The breakthrough opens up the possibility of screening patients to identify those who may suffer adverse reactions to being given alternative medication.
Research team leader Professor Colin Palmer said: “We found there are people in the general population who carry a genetic factor that predisposes them to muscle aches.
“If these people are put on statins, they might discontinue their medication in the erroneous belief it is the statin that is making their muscles ache.
“At the same time, we observed that there is a genetic sub-group of patients who are susceptible to statin-specific muscle aches.”