January 21, 2019
Statins and Fatigue
Wellness Tip

Statins and Fatigue

by Berkeley Wellness  

If you are taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug and feel unusually fatigued after exertion, ask your doctor if the drug may be contributing to this.

In a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in August, people who were given moderate-dose statins for six months were more likely to report a decline in overall energy and increased fatigue with exertion (compared to at the start of the study) than those taking a placebo. Women appeared to be affected more than men.

Fatigue can be caused by many things, of course, so don’t stop taking your statin just because you’re tired. Indeed, some subjects taking the placebo also reported increased fatigue.

This was the first clinical trial to suggest this problem, so more research is needed.