Some statin-related side-effects are due to 'nocebo' effect

Patients report more side effects when they know they are taking a statin, than when they do not know whether they are on the drug or a dummy pill, according to a study by researchers from Imperial College London and Dr Ajay Gupta from the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). 

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Further information

Research paper: ‘Adverse events associated with unblinded, but not with blinded, statin therapy in the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial—Lipid-Lowering Arm (ASCOT-LLA): a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial and its non-randomised non-blind extension phase’ by Gupta A et al. The Lancet.

 

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