Peripheral Neuropathy from Statin Use
By Duane Graveline, MD, MPH
Neuropathy, short for peripheral neuropathy, simply means a malfunction of the peripheral nervous system that occurs without any inflammation of the nerves. There are many longstanding causes of neuropathy including diabetes, kidney problems and alcoholism.
Being placed on statin drugs is another more recent cause of peripheral neuropathy. Thousands of neuropathy cases have been reported to me over the past decade and in 2012, FDA's Medwatch finally warned about peripheral neuropathy as a major adverse reaction to all types of statins.
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