Side effects of statins are listed online by Mayo Clinic and WebMD, neither of which indicate side effects exclusive to or more likely to occur in men. In fact, women are more likely to experience side effects from statins than men, according to Mayo Clinic. The side effects of statins include an increased risk of muscle pain, hemorrhagic strokes and rare but severe muscle and liver issues.
Serious side effects of statins include memory loss and mental confusion, high blood sugar and the development of type 2 diabetes, according to WebMD. Statins can cause digestive side effects can such as constipation, diarrhea, gas, cramping or vomiting. The drugs are also associated with difficulty staying awake or falling asleep.
The medical journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes published an article reviewing the side effects of statins that found side effect rates to be low and, for some serious effects, not statistically significant, reports Time. However, the risk of developing diabetes is 9 percent higher for patients taking statins as compared to a placebo group.
Certain patients are at greater risk for statin side effects, according to Mayo Clinic. Women and people with small frames experience more side effects, as do people over 65 years of age and those with diabetes or kidney or liver disease. People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol are also at increased risk for side effects.