Prevalence of Side Effects, Drug Interaction among Patients Taking Statin in Turaif, Saudi Arabia

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Maria Abdul Ghafoor Raja
Gharam Hamdan Alrawili
Nawaf Al-Otaibi
Muhammad Wahab Amjad


Background: Statins perceived to have favorable safety profile. Although many people on statin therapy do well but no drug is without potential for side effects. Awareness about risks as well as benefits of drugs is needed particularly drugs which are used on wide scale like statins because even uncommon side effects can have significant health impact. 

Objectives of the Study: To determine side effects occurrence among Saudi patients taking statins and to evaluate drug-drug interactions in Saudi patients taking statins.

Methodology: Self administered cross sectional study conducted during a period of four months from October 2018 to January 2019 in Turaif general hospital, Saudi Arabia on random sample of 500 Saudi patients out of which 330 participants were included in the study which were taking different types of statins medication using self-administered questionnaire in Arabic language specially designed for the research purpose after obtaining verbal consent and the data analyzed by SPSS program.

Results: A total of 330 patients; 128 (39%) females and 202 (61%) males—participated in the study. The majority 165 (50%) were in the age-group of 50 – 59 years. Simvastatin was the most commonly used statin among study participants 136 (41%) followed by rosuvastatin 114 (35%). Among the participants, there were some patients who take drugs which have drug interactions with statins; there were 64 (19%) take Amlodipine with simvastatin, 13 (4%) and 6 (2%) take esomeprazole and ompeprazole respectively with statins. Only 9 (3%) reported that they were advised by pharmacist to avoid grape fruit. Majority of participants 309 (94%) reported neck pain, difficulty in walking, frequently fatigue after starting on statin. Also majority of participants 320 (97%) suffer from muscle pain after starting statins medications.

Conclusion: The percentage of statin related side effects in this study population is high especially myopathy. Also some patients in this study taking medications that have drug interaction with statins, Counseling to patient regarding statin therapy appear to be insufficient. So, this study indicate that there's a need for more efforts from the physicians and pharmacist to avoid prescribing or dispensing medication that have drug-drug interaction with statins and provide counseling to patients regarding their statin therapy.

Statins, drug-drug interactions, simvastatin, omeprazole, counseling.

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Raja, M. A. G., Alrawili, G. H., Al-Otaibi, N., & Amjad, M. W. (2020). Prevalence of Side Effects, Drug Interaction among Patients Taking Statin in Turaif, Saudi Arabia. Journal of Pharmaceutical Research International, 32(3), 86-97.
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