Statin Use Is Associated with Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis: A Population-Based Case-Control Study

Urol Int. 2015;95(2):227-32. doi: 10.1159/000431185. Epub 2015 Jul 16.


Introduction: Statin may induce epithelial dysfunction of the bladder urothelium. Epithelial dysfunction was proposed as one of the major potential etiologies for bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis (BPS/IC). In this study, we examined the association between statin use and BPS/IC using a population-based study.

Subjects and methods: This case-control study used the Taiwan Longitudinal Health Insurance Database. In total, 815 female subjects with BPS/IC and 4075 randomly selected female controls were included. We used a conditional logistic regression to compute the odds ratio (OR) for having previously used statins between cases and controls.

Results: A conditional logistic regression analysis showed that the OR of prior statin users for cases was 1.52 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.19-1.94) compared to controls after adjusting for diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, obesity, chronic pelvic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, panic disorder, migraines, sicca syndrome, allergies, endometriosis, and asthma. Furthermore, adjusted ORs of regular and irregular statin use for cases were 1.58 (95% CI: 1.20-2.08) and 1.53 (95% CI: 1.02-2.31), respectively, compared to controls.

Conclusion: We concluded that there was an association between statin use and BPS/IC.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cystitis, Interstitial / chemically induced*
  • Databases, Factual
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / adverse effects*
  • Hypercholesterolemia / complications
  • Hypercholesterolemia / drug therapy
  • Logistic Models
  • Middle Aged
  • Odds Ratio
  • Pain / chemically induced*
  • Risk Factors
  • Taiwan
  • Urinary Bladder / drug effects*
  • Urinary Bladder / physiopathology


  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors