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Herpes zoster is associated with prior statin use: a population-based case-control study.

The odds of suffering from herpes zoster infection may be stacked against users of statin drugs.

​This study explored the relationship between taking statin drugs and the odds of being infected with herpes zoster virus. Researchers tracked the rate of statin usage among 47,359 patients with herpes zoster infection and 142,077 individuals without the disease. 

The team of investigators noted that individuals on statin therapy had high chances of suffering from herpes zoster infection. Evidence from this study indicate that statin users may be at increased risk of contracting herpes zoster infection.

Research Summary Information

  • 2014
  • Chung SD, Tsai MC, Liu SP, Lin HC, Kang JH.
  • Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, New Taipei City, Taiwan; Sleep Research Center, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Cathay General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; School of Health Care Administration, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan. Department of Urology, National Taiwan University Hospital and College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan. School of Health Care Administration, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan. Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan.
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