A patient with coronary artery disease and hyperlipidemia is admitted to the hospital. The patient takes simvastatin to manage cholesterol. The nurse asks the patient about the presence of which common side effects?


• Simvastatin is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, also known as a statin.

• Common side effects of statins include headache, mild muscle pain, joint pain, constipation, abdominal pain, and insomnia.

• Blurred vision, flushing of the head and neck, and confusion are not common side effects of statins.

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