Harvard Heart Letter

Using Crestor — and all statins — safely

Some simple steps can help minimize or avoid muscle problems from Crestor and other cholesterol-lowering drugs. All drugs have side effects. The trick is to weigh the potential for serious side effects against the gain you can get from the medication. The balance sheet for Crestor and other statins looks like this: These drugs cut the risk of heart attack, angina (chest pain), stroke, and death from cardiovascular disease by 30%. They cause muscle…

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