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Stick with statins: Adverse events, discontinuation common, but most patients successfully restart

KEY POINT

Over half of patients taking statins discontinued therapy at least once during an 8-year period. However, over 90% of patients who were rechallenged persisted on statins 1 year later.

SOURCES

Zhang H et al. Discontinuation of statins in routine care settings: a cohort study. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158:526–34.

Grundy SM. Statin discontinuation and intolerance: the challenge of lifelong therapy [editorial]. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158:562–3.