Statin-Induced Neuropathic Pain: A Case Report

  • Nima Vaziri School of Pharmacy, Kerman University of Medical Science, Kerman, Iran.
  • Habib Mofakham 2. Neuromuscular research center, Department of physical medicine and rehabiliation, University of California, Davis
  • Fanak Fahimi 3. Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Keywords: atorvastatin, rosuvastatin, neuropathic pain, peripheral neuropathy, naranjo scale

Abstract

The most reported form of statin induced pain is myalgia, conversely peripheral neuropathy is a rare side effect. We report a patient who received rosuvastatin for hypercholesterolemia and experienced episodes of pain in both hands during the night. Rosuvastatin was stopped and atorvastatin was replaced. Re-introduction with another statin resulted in a more severe form of the similar adverse effect after 4 months. This is a rare adverse effect of a extensively prescribed class of drug. Physicians should be aware of the possibility of peripheral neuropathy symptoms in patients on statin therapy.

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Published
2020-02-03
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Vaziri N, Mofakham H, Fahimi F. Statin-Induced Neuropathic Pain: A Case Report. J Pharm Care. 7(4):120-122.
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