Side effects of statins: dryness, itching, bitterness and cough may be due to the drug

 

The statin family are safe and effective therapeutic agents for the treatment of cardiovascular arteriosclerotic disease (CVD). Due to a wide array of health benefits in addition to their cholesterol lowering properties, statins have recently gained significant attention as a new treatment strategy for several conditions. However, as with most things, taking medications such as statins could have side effects, including these oral symptoms.

In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, side effects of statins in the oral cavity were examined.

The aim of the studies was to analyze the side effects of statins in the oral cavity and to analyze the symptoms after discontinuation of treatment.

Symptoms relating to the oral cavity from statin use included patients with dry mouth, itching, bitterness in the mouth, and cough.

The risks of side effects should be weighed against the benefits of preventing serious problems.

A review of scientific studies on the effectiveness of statins found around one in 50 people who take the drug for five years will help prevent a serious event, such as a heart attack or stroke, as a result.

The yellow card program allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medication you are taking.

It is managed by a drug safety oversight body called the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

 

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