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Statin side effects: How common are they?

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You are unlikely to experience side effects from these drugs. If you do, there are ways to reverse them.

Do you take a cholesterol-lowering statin drug or are you considering it? If so, you may be concerned about potential side effects. The most commonly reported ones are muscle aches, but you may have also heard that statins cause diabetes and memory problems.

Despite all the bad publicity about statin side effects, most men are unlikely to experience them. And if you do notice a problem, don't jump to conclusions: It may not be the statin causing it.

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