Ask the doctor: Are statins good for arthritis?
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.