Officials warn of mixing cholesterol, heart beat drugs

August 8, 2008 2:05:04 PM PDT
The FDA says doctors should use extra caution when prescribing Zocor or Vytorin to patients who are also taking a heart rhythm drug marketed as Cordarone or Pacerone. Health officials say they are still seeing a rare type of muscle injury, despite warnings that began years ago.

The danger is higher for patients taking more than 20 mg of the cholesterol drugs, which are also known by the generic name Simvastatin.

Muscle injury is a risk with any of the cholesterol drugs known as statins.

Although the risk of such injuries is low overall, they can be serious because they can lead to kidney failure and even death.