Abstract Title:

Simvastatin-induced lupus-like syndrome.

Abstract Source:

Tenn Med. 2000 Jan ;93(1):21-2. PMID: 10628262

Abstract Author(s):

A Ahmad, M T Fletcher, T M Roy

Article Affiliation:

Department of Internal Medicine, James H. Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City 37614-0622, USA.


The 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors are widely used as cholesterol lowering agents that have an acceptable safety profile. As a group, this class of drugs has been associated with few immunologic reactions. Simvastatin (Zocor) has been linked to three cases of drug-induced lupus-like syndrome. We report the case of an additional patient who developed pleurisy and arthralgia after he started taking this low-density lipoprotein and cholesterol-lowering agent.

Study Type : Human: Case Report

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