Evidence from a large clinical trial has shown that statins reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The MHRA told doctors through its monthly publication Drug Safety Update to continue prescribing statins since the benefits far outweigh the risks.
The side-effects are usually slight for patients taking statins, with mild muscle pain being the most frequently reported.
The MHRA’s Director of Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines, Dr June Raine encouraged people to carry on taking their statins.
She said: “People should continue to take their statins as prescribed. Large clinical trials have shown that statins can save lives by reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes and the need for heart surgery”.
Dr Raine went on to say that if patients were concerned about any of their side-effects they can report it the Yellow Card Scheme.
She said: “If you think you have suffered a side-effect to any medicine, please tell us about it through our Yellow Card Scheme at www.yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk”.