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Encourage patients to persevere with statins

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Patients that stop treatment with a statin because of minor adverse side effects, should be encouraged to try again, as most will be able take at least one of the drugs in the longer term, US researchers have concluded.

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found most patients who quit treatment because of a presumed statin-related event were then prescribed the same or a different statin - and nine out 10 were still taking it a year later.

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