statin

noun
stat·​in | \ˈsta-tᵊn \

Definition of statin 

: any of a group of drugs (such as lovastatin and simvastatin) that inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol and promote the production of LDL-binding receptors in the liver resulting in a usually marked decrease in the level of LDL and a modest increase in the level of HDL circulating in blood plasma

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Certain medications like statins (which are used for cholesterol), blood pressure-lowering medications, and opioids are all known to naturally evoke an itchy sensation that’s not necessarily accompanied by any skin lesions. Ratika Gupta, SELF, "An Allergist Explains Why You Might Be Itchy All Over, Even Though You Don’t Have a Rash," 13 Sep. 2018 Based on the data, doctors decide whether to prescribe aspirin, blood pressure or statin medications — and how much. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "More than 11 million Americans prescribed wrong dose of common drugs, scientists say," 6 June 2018 Blockbusters including penicillin and statins, which lower cholesterol, came from fungi. Peter Andrey Smith, Bloomberg.com, "This Fungus Could Help Cure Cancer," 4 June 2018 Twenty years ago, Bristol-Myers Squibb ’s best selling statin, Pravachol, generated annual sales of $1.6 billion. Charley Grant, WSJ, "What Is Ailing the Drug Industry?," 22 June 2018 Right now, doctors can consult a calculator found online or in electronic health records to decide whether patients might benefit from aspirin, statins, or blood pressure medications. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "New risk calculator could change the aspirin, statins, and blood pressure medications some people take," 4 June 2018 Controversy continues among doctors about whether people who have only risk factors but no personal history of cardiac events should be treated with statins at all. Jill U. Adams, Washington Post, "Statins help lower cholesterol, but are they the treatment for you?," 26 Feb. 2018 Debate has been raging about who should take statins, and several studies have taken issue with the accuracy of the risk calculator. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Statin recommendations may change, especially for African-Americans," 4 June 2018 Clinical trials have not demonstrated memory impairment due to statins (Journal of General Internal Medicine, March 2015). Joe, The Seattle Times, "Are statins linked to memory problems?," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of statin

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for statin

from -statin (as in lovastatin)

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statin

noun
stat·​in | \ˈstat-ᵊn \

Medical Definition of statin 

: any of a group of lipid-lowering drugs (as lovastatin and simvastatin) that function by inhibiting a liver enzyme which controls the synthesis of cholesterol and by promoting the production of LDL-binding receptors in the liver resulting in a usually marked decrease in the level of LDL and a modest increase in the level of HDL circulating in blood plasma

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