Statin Intolerance.Rev Cardiovasc Med. 2018; 19(S1):S9-S19.RC
Statins are critical medications to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease2 and they are generally very well tolerated. In some instances, however, statin intolerance may limit use of these lifesaving medications. Statin intolerance has many definitions but is commonly diagnosed when a patient is unable to continue statin therapy due to perceived, or objectively documented, adverse effects. A very high rate of discontinuation of statin therapy warrants a closer look at the implications from the standpoint of cardiovascular risk in statin-intolerant patients, as well as an evaluation of the available options to help patients maintain their statin therapy and understand the potential benefits of such therapy.