Statins side effects: Cholesterol drug can provoke 'nightmares' – symptoms explained


“If you are suffering sleep disturbances while taking statins, you can be reassured that in the vast majority of cases, this is not caused by the drug itself,” said Prof Sever in an interview with the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

“It’s important to continue taking your statin to substantially reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.”

The evidence strongly suggests your nightmares and other sleep-related problems are not caused by statin use.

Prof Sever cited evidence, from well-run research trials of more than 100,000 patients, that showed statins do not cause insomnia or any other sleep disturbance, compared with a dummy pill (placebo).


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