There are some unpleasant side effects from statin drugs. The most common is muscle aching, occasionally weakness or even pain. Most people who take a statin do not develop these symptoms, but if you are at risk for having a heart attack and are not taking a statin drug you should talk to your physician. The reason is that the statins may really help to keep you alive.
There have been many large studies published in the medical literature that substantiate the value of statins, but our attention was drawn to a recent study of 12,705 patients who were at risk for a heart attack. It was found that those on statins were 24% less likely to have a heart attack than those taking a placebo. This is not like Vegas. It is one time when the odds are in your favor.