Harvard Heart Letter
Statin side effects: Is the power of suggestion at play?
Research we’re watching People in drug studies sometimes experience positive effects even when they take inactive, fake pills (the so-called placebo effect). But sometimes, they experience negative effects from the fake drug — a phenomenon known as the nocebo effect. A new study suggests that the nocebo effect may explain some of the muscle pain and weakness reported by people who take cholesterol-lowering statins.