very elderly patients getting statins (atorvastatin, simvastatin, etc) to treat high cholesterol

You'll hear buzz about very elderly patients getting statins (atorvastatin, simvastatin, etc) to treat high cholesterol.

Providers often wonder if there's an age at which statin benefits are outweighed by risks. This is because elderly patients are more prone to statin side effects, like muscle injury. Plus, older folks take more meds...and are more prone to problems from drug interactions.

We're telling prescribers and pharmacists to keep using statins in most elderly patients who need statins...due to their benefits.

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