The safety of statins in children



Current American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines recommended that statins should be considered as a first-line agent in children as early as 8 years of age. The aim of our work is to assess the safety of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors in children with hypercholesterolaemia.


Controlled studies in children show that statin monotherapy is efficacious, well tolerated and safe in the short-time. Unfortunately, these studies have relatively short-term follow-up periods, and therefore, long-term safety remains unclear.