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statin

(stăt′n)
n.
Any of a class of lipid-lowering drugs that reduce serum cholesterol levels by inhibiting a key enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of cholesterol.

statin

–statin

A popular term for a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, which ↓ cholesterol–eg, pravastatin, lovastatin, etc, which ↓ progression of ASHD/CAD, even in absence of ↑ cholesterol. See Atorvastatin, Cervastatin, Fluvastatin, Lovastatin, Pravastatin, Simvastatin.

statin

(stat'in) [ -stat + -in]
Any of the drugs of the class known as 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG CoA) reductase inhibitors. These drugs have powerful lipid-lowering properties. The names of drugs in this class all end in “-statin” (e.g., atorvastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, and simvastatin). Drugs from this class reduce the risk of myocardial infarction and stroke. Synonym: HMG CoA enzyme inhibitor

Patient discussion about statin

Q. husband has horrible rash bil. below knees to his ankles. it is bright red yellow weeping cracks. On statins He has been on zocor for 15 years and we are so afraid this may have something to do with this drug. He has stopped taking the drug because the pain and weakness, and numbness in his legs is considerable

A. i looked up for side effects and i saw only "eczema" as a skin side effect. but it seems odd to me that after 15 years you got this kind of side effect. it should have appeared years ago. you know- it might be a very good idea to go and see a Dr... and not stopping a medication without warning..

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