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Do cholesterol lowering medications like Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Crestor (rosuvastatin) cause dementia?
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I read a lot of anecdotal reports online, and it makes several of my patients nervous. However, in this study of over 4 million people, the use of statin cholesterol-lowering medications was associated with a decrease in dementia diagnosis, rather than an increase.
1. Richardson K, Schoen M, French B, et al. Statins and cognitive function: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(10):688-697