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Letter to the Editor

Is Statin Use Safe in Individuals With Psychotic Disorders?

Luca Mascitelli, MD; Francesca Pezzetta, MD; and Mark R. Goldstein, MD, FACP

Published: September 30, 2008

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Sir: Individuals with schizophrenia and other serious mentalillnesses have a mortality rate at least 2 times as high as thosewithout psychotic disorders, with the excess mortality largelyattributed to higher rates of death from cardiovascular disease.

Wider use of cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) to reducecardiovascular risk in this setting has been suggested. However,widespread use of statin drugs in individuals with psychoticdisorders may raise some concerns.

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