Statin Intolerance: Why and What to do - With a Focus on Diabetic People

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The standards of medical care in diabetes recommend that statin therapy is added to lifestyle therapy for diabetic patients with overt cardiovascular disease (LDL cholesterol goal <70 mg/dl), or without cardiovascular disease who are over the age of 40 years and who have one or more other cardiovascular disease risk factors (LDL cholesterol goal <100 mg/dl). In order to reach strict LDL targets, high doses of statins may be required. However, the frequency of statinassociated adverse effects and statin intolerance in clinical practice is high (up to 10-15% of statin users) especially at muscle level. The review overviews: 1) the known or hypothesised mechanisms through which causal and contributing factors are associated with adverse effects in diabetic people, and 2) the rationale of strategies for managing statin intolerant patients.

Keywords: Diabetes mellitus; adverse drug reactions; cardiovascular disease; dyslipidemia; hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA reductase inhibitors

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2013

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  • Current Medicinal Chemistry covers all the latest and outstanding developments in medicinal chemistry and rational drug design. Each issue contains a series of timely in-depth reviews written by leaders in the field covering a range of the current topics in medicinal chemistry. Current Medicinal Chemistry is an essential journal for every medicinal chemist who wishes to be kept informed and up-to-date with the latest and most important developments.
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