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Coping with statin side effects

Some people experience muscle aches or muscle cramps, but trying these tips may help. Statins, such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and lovastatin (Mevacor), are commonly prescribed medications that lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. How they work …

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