What precautions should we use with statins for women of childbearing age?
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Statins are contraindicated for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Data evaluating statin use for women of childbearing age is limited; however, they may be used cautiously with adequate contraception. Pravastatin may be preferred based on its low tissue-penetration properties. Cholesterol-lowering with simvastatin 40 mg/d did not disrupt menstrual cycles or effect luteal phase duration (strength of recommendation: C).
Journal of Family Practice, 55(1) 2006: 75-77.