Less than 10% of patients intolerant to statins, ... - PMRGCAuk


16,811 members31,149 posts

Less than 10% of patients intolerant to statins, study finds

Bcol profile image
10 Replies

Morning all. Given the frequency of debate/posts here I thought this might be interesting


10 Replies
PMRpro profile image

Aye well - I know I'm special. I'm one of the 10% judging by the last 3 weeks. The first two weeks back on a statin were fine and I said as much to the GP. Then I got very cold one day - and the PMR response was out of all proportion. It didn't improve until I ditched the statin. I'd almost summoned up the courage to try leflunimide - but now I'm really not willing to upset the apple cart again.

However - I know this is from 4 years ago but



"Statins cut the risk of dying from heart disease by 28% among men, according to the longest study of its kind."

It does have a biased conclusion though: "The role of cholesterol in causing heart disease has been disputed by some, but this paper provides yet more evidence of the link, and the benefits of statins to prevent heart disease.”

Maybe there is a link - but it is also perfectly possible that cholesterol being reduced is a surrogate marker for something the statin is achieving in men.

And maybe it doesn;t do it for me ...

Bcol profile image
Bcol in reply to PMRpro

Think everyone here would agree that you are "special" in fact as far as we are concerned "very special".

DorsetLady profile image
DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer in reply to Bcol

That's not necessarily a good thing in our family 🤦‍♀️ 😂🤣

PMRpro profile image
PMRproAmbassador in reply to DorsetLady

Nor mine!!!! ;)

DorsetLady profile image
DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer in reply to PMRpro

Think it's long been discussed that statins work better for men than women... and most women don't actually need them

As I've said before I took them before and during GCA, (took a bit of experimenting to find one that didn't cause issues) but stopped after GCA & after discussion with GP.

Different GP tried to restart a couple of years later, but I couldn't tolerate, so she decided, not worth the effort as I previously hadn't had cardio issues.

piglette profile image

My brother and I were talking about statins yesterday and decided the findings are rubbish. It is also in GPs interest to prescribe statins as they get QOF points! What do points make? I am becoming soo cynical.

PMRpro profile image
PMRproAmbassador in reply to piglette

Becoming????? Like me, I'd have said you're well there ...

piglette profile image
piglette in reply to PMRpro

I don’t like to brag!

Noosat profile image

well I am ome of those who cannot tolerate statins. There are alternarives.

Noosat profile image

MY cholesterol is always high, however when it is separated into HDL and LDL my risk factor is low.

You may also like...