London: Statins that are taken daily by millions of people to control cholesterol could dramatically increase the risk of kidney damage, researchers have warned.They said that high doses of the wonder drugs, prescribed to prevent heart disease and stroke, are linked to higher rates of acute kidney injury.The risk is highest in the first 120 days of treatment and stays raised for at least two years after patients start taking the pills, they stated.Leading doctors are now warning that the drugs should only be prescribed at a low dose where possible.Researchers from University of British Columbia and the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal studied more than two million statin users and found that patients taking higher strength pills were more at risk of suffering acute kidney injury.
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