And it’s a common problem, with around 42 per cent of users complaining of ‘intolerable’ muscle pains, say researchers from the Cleveland Clinic. For many, it’s the reason they stop taking the drugs within the first year.
In the new study, which involved 511 people, more than 80 per cent had reported intolerance to three or more different statin drugs.
One option is to try a non-statin drug to reduce levels of the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoprotein), such as Repatha (evolocumab), an injectable drug—although UK authorities have not recommended its use. Another approach is to just change your diet, and eat less processed foods.