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How frequent is statin intolerance, and is it easily identifiable?

November 01, 2019 1 min read



Statin intolerance is still poorly understood and hard to identify. According to the most recent studies, statin intolerance may occur in between 5% to 20% of patients.

Self diagnosis is also difficult. 50 people recruited for a study who professed a statin intolerance were given the option for a blind 1 to 1 trial, in which statin medication is alternated with placebo, only a total of 1 out of 8 participants were able to accurately tell when they were being issues statins rather than placebo medication.

This result, with lower probability than blind chance suggests that currently it's not possible for people to identify whether they are statin intolerant.

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