Dealing with statin-induced myopathy

dealing statin induced myopathy myalgia myositisLet’s start with a patient case.  An 82 year old female patient presents to clinic with complaints of weakness in her lower extremities. She describes her weakness as symmetrical heaviness and identifies some stiffness and cramping. Other causes of her complaints are ruled out except for her medications. Her hyperlipidemia is currently being managed with simvastatin 40 mg orally daily and niacin ER 1 g orally daily. What are our options for dealing with suspected statin-induced myopathy?

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