A study in the Lancet has concluded that patients suffer side effects from statins due to a 'nocebo' effect. They experience them because they expect them. They are calling for the side effects NOT to be listed due to this. The study compared a dosage of 10mg of Atorvastatin vs a placebo where the rate of muscle aches and pains reported was the same for both arms of the trial. My first thought was that 10mg of Atorvastatin was only a very small dosage. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style...-side-effects-life-saving-statins-cholesterol The Express doesn't give much info on the background of the trial but via the Hindustan Times there is this info ... "The trial was funded by Pfizer, which markets atorvastatin under the trade name Lipitor."