Statins are a class of drugs that can lower your cholesterol. A new study has revealed that the cholesterol-lowering drugs most likely do not cause short-term memory loss.
Lead study author Brian L. Strom of Rutgers University said, "Limited previous studies and some statin-drug takers have anecdotally reported memory lapses after taking popular lipid-lowering drugs (LLDs) called statins. The result has been that some people have stopped taking their statins, inappropriately."
The research team compared new users of statins with people not taking statins. New statin users also were compared to a second control group, patients taking non-statin LLDs, which had not been done in earlier studies. The study found that more patients taking statins indeed reported memory loss in the 30-day period after first taking the drugs, compared to non-users. The same finding, however, was observed with the non-statin LLDs.
The study is published in The Journal of the American Medical Association-Internal Medicine.