Title

Statins: An Update on Clinical Issues and Selected Adverse Effects

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-2015

Abstract

Statins are among the most extensively studied and commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. In November 2013, new clinical practice guidelines on lipid management were released that emphasized the use of fixed dosages of statins in patients at moderate and high risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. These new recommendations have decreased the emphasis on the use of nonstatin drugs and routine laboratory monitoring of lipid levels and hepatic transaminases. Although some adverse effects are well-known, statin-induced diabetes, cognitive changes, and acute kidney injury are controversial.

Publication Title

Journal for Nurse Practitioners

Volume

11

Issue

3

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