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Ask the doctor: Are statins good for arthritis?

January 01, 2006

Ask the doctor

Are statins good for arthritis?

Q. My rheumatoid arthritis gives me trouble in spite of my medications. I have read that statins, in addition to lowering cholesterol, also calm inflammation. Would taking a statin help my arthritis?

A. It would be wonderful to kill two birds — easing arthritis pain and protecting your heart and blood vessels — with one stone. Unfortunately, as of late 2005, it is much too early to tell if the statin drugs could someday be that stone.

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