Statins side effects: Signs on your mouth, lips or tongue – when to call a doctor

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The NHS says you should talk to the doctor if side effects are worrying you, and you should not stop taking your medication without talking to your doctor first.

There are five types of statin available on prescription in the UK.

The NHS also notes statins can sometimes interact with other medicines, increasing the risk of “unpleasant” side effects, such as muscle damage. Some types of statin can also interact with grapefruit juice, the health body adds.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) says: “It’s important to take your medication regularly as prescribed. Most statins are taken at night, as this is when most of your cholesterol is produced. Check with your doctor or pharmacist when you should be taking your statin.”

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