Statin-associated myopathy

Med J Aust. 2001 Nov 5;175(9):486-9. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2001.tb143683.x.


Myopathy occurs in 0.1%-0.2% of patients receiving statins in clinical trials. This adverse effect is shared by all statins, but is more common with cerivastatin, especially in combination with gemfibrozil. The risk of myopathy is increased by: the use of high doses of statins, concurrent use of fibrates, concurrent use of hepatic cytochrome P450 inhibitors, acute viral infections, major trauma, surgery, hypothyroidism and other conditions. Statin-associated myopathy should be suspected when a statin-treated patient complains of unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness. Statin therapy should be stopped in cases of suspected myopathy, and serum creatine kinase levels should be checked and monitored. No specific therapies other than statin withdrawal and supportive measures for rhabdomyolysis are currently available.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Creatine Kinase / blood
  • Drug Interactions
  • Drug Monitoring
  • Humans
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / adverse effects*
  • Hypolipidemic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Muscular Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Muscular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Muscular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Pyridines / adverse effects


  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
  • Hypolipidemic Agents
  • Pyridines
  • cerivastatin
  • Creatine Kinase