Almost half of over-65s who take statins give up on them because of side effects such as sleep disorders and erectile dysfunction within a year, according to the study
- Side effects affect 45 percent of over-65s within 12 months
- There is a risk of diabetes, erectile dysfunction, sleep disorders and muscle aches
- The over 85-year-olds take their pills even less, the study shows
Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent for the Daily Mail
Almost half of statins prescribed by statins give up within a year, according to a study.
The researchers warned that well-known side effects – including a risk of diabetes, erectile dysfunction, sleep disorders and muscle aches – put off about 45 percent of people over the age of 65 within 12 months, with the likelihood of over 85-year-olds taking their pills even lower is.
Six million Britons take statins once a day to lower cholesterol and fight off heart disease.
Side effects – such as the risk of diabetes, erectile dysfunction, sleep disorders, and muscle aches – kill 45 percent of people over the age of 65 within 12 months
Six million Britons take statins once a day to lower cholesterol and fight off heart disease
For people with heart problems – especially those who have had a heart attack or stroke – the cheap pills are proven lifesavers that reduce the chance of recurrence.
Although there is less evidence that they work for the elderly, experts warn that a constant row of side effects and benefits has tarnished the water, causing many people to drop their prescriptions.
The Australian researchers, who examined 22,000 over 65-year-olds, said physicians need to educate patients about side effects.
Danny Liew of Monash University in Melbourne said: "The results of the study emphasize the need for interventions to improve statin use in older adults so that the benefits can be realized."