Dysphagia has been reported to be a side effect of statin drug therapy. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Ugeskr Laeger. 2010 Feb 15;172(7):544-545. PMID: 20156405
Øre-naese-halskirurgisk Afdeling, Slagelse Sygehus, DK-5000 Odense C. [email protected]
A 68-year-old man was referred with progressive dysphagia. During the course, the patient developed muscle fatigue and additional signs of myopathy such as high levels of creatine kinase. The dysphagia was a late-onset side-effect to the treatment with lipid-lowering drugs. Cessation of treatment gives quick remission of symptoms and normalization of creatine kinase. As an increasing number of patients are being treated with lipid-lowering drugs, it is important to recall that myopathy is a dangerous side-effect which may have either quick or delayed onset, and that dysphagia can be the initial symptom.