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Statin discontinuation: an underestimated risk?



Statin discontinuation: an underestimated risk?



Current Medical Research and Opinion 24(11): 3059-3062



Statin treatment is essential for the prevention of vascular disease. Despite the established benefits of statins, discontinuation of these agents is frequent. Whether statin discontinuation leads to adverse outcomes is still debated and the most convincing evidence is mainly restricted to patients who experienced an acute vascular event. It is important to establish if this phenomenon extends to other populations, like those without vascular disease but with a high calculated risk. Overall, it appears that even a brief discontinuation of statins might be harmful. Therefore, statin treatment should not be interrupted except if there is a very good reason. Moreover, patients should be instructed as to why they must adhere to their medication. Adherence should be monitored regularly.

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DOI: 10.1185/03007990802469102


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