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Vivid dreams and statins

Dr Mark Porter / 29 November 2016

What to do if you have been plagued by vivid dreams since starting statins.

Statin
Cholesterol-lowering simvastatin works best if taken at night but can affect your dreams.

Q: Since I started taking a statin (simvastatin), I’ve been plagued by vivid dreams. Is this common?

A: Yes. Cholesterol-lowering simvastatin works best if taken at night but can affect your dreams – not always in a nice way.

Ask your GP if you can take it in the morning or try an alternative, such as atorvastatin, that can be taken any time and is (supposedly) less likely to cause this.

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This article was first published in the November 2016 issue of Saga Magazine.

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