whether patients should stop taking Lipitor, Mevacor, or Zocor while taking certain antimicrobials

There's a controversy about whether patients should stop taking Lipitor, Mevacor, or Zocor while taking certain antimicrobials.

Metabolism of these statins can be inhibited by erythromycin... clarithromycin... telithromycin... itraconazole... and ketoconazole.

This increases statin levels and the risk of myopathy.

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