Is Statin Use Safe in Individuals With Psychotic Disorders?
J Clin Psychiatry 2008;69(9):1499-1499 [letter]
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Sir: Individuals with schizophrenia and other serious mental
illnesses have a mortality rate at least 2 times as high as those
without psychotic disorders, with the excess mortality largely
attributed to higher rates of death from cardiovascular disease.
Wider use of cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) to reduce
cardiovascular risk in this setting has been suggested. However,
widespread use of statin drugs in individuals with psychotic
disorders may raise some concerns.