BMJ Case Reports 2009; doi:10.1136/bcr.06.2008.0033
  • Unexpected outcome (positive or negative) including adverse drug reactions

Transient global amnesia associated with statin intake

  1. David Healy1,
  2. Roger Morgan2,
  3. Srinivasan Chinnaswamy2
  1. 1
    Cardiff University, Psychological Medicine, Hergest Unit, Bangor, LL57 2PW, U K
  2. 2
    North West Wales NHS Trust, Mental Health, Bangor, LL57 2PW, UK
  1. Healy_Hergest{at}
  • Published 26 February 2009


A 57-year-old man treated with statins developed a range of amnestic features that led to concerns he might be suicidal; however, he did not appear to have depression. His problems began after starting rosuvastatin and cleared on discontinuation.


  • Competing interests: RM has no competing interests.

  • Competing interests: SC has no competing interests.

  • Competing interests: DH has been a speaker for most major pharmaceutical companies but has no links to the use of or marketing of statin drugs.

  • Patient consent: Patient/guardian consent was obtained for publication.

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