Patients' report of statins use and side-effects in a sample of hospitalized cardiac patients in the Islamic Republic of Iran
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AbstractWe aimed to study the prevalence of the side-effects of statins among Iranians patients admitted to a cardiac-specialized hospital and had taken statins prior to hospitalization. Data was collected between September 2007 and March 2008 and 200 patients were enrolled. A questionnaire was completed using the patients' records and by interviewing the patients. The mean age of the participants was 61.5 [SD 12.3] years and 63% were males. The most commonly used statins was atrovastatin [99% of the patients]. In all, 63.5% of the participants reported experiencing side-effects due to statins. The reported side-effects were respiratory [4%)] and gastrointestinal effect [18.5%], headache [16.5%], rash [0.5%] and allergic reactions [5%]; 9.5% reported muscle-related side-effects such as myalgia. Although, the clinical benefits outweigh the small risk of liver failure and myopathy, clinicians should be aware of the side-effects of statins
Mashayekhi, S.O., Ghandforoush Sattari, M., Baghdadchi, M.E. & Kheyri, M. (2011). Patients' report of statins use and side-effects in a sample of hospitalized cardiac patients in the Islamic Republic of Iran. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118642
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 17 (5), 460-464, 2011
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