What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Prior to taking this medication, you should consult with your healthcare provider if you have:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Family history of high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
- Had a heart attack or stroke
- Any allergies.
Let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant (see Altoprev and Pregnancy)
- About to undergo a procedure or surgery
- Drinking alcohol frequently.
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Altoprev Precautions and Warnings for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take Altoprev.)
AlternativesIn general, cholesterol treatment begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, exercise, and a low-cholesterol diet). If lifestyle changes do not lower cholesterol to a desirable level, cholesterol medication, such as Altoprev, may be necessary.
The main goal of high-cholesterol medication is to lower LDL cholesterol levels enough to reduce your risk for developing problems related to high cholesterol, such as heart disease or a heart attack (see Effects of High Cholesterol). The higher your risk, the lower your LDL goal will be.
(Click High Cholesterol Risk to see a list of risk factors that may affect your cholesterol level and guidelines for ideal LDL cholesterol levels.)
Because Altoprev can lower LDL cholesterol (along with lowering total cholesterol and increasing HDL), a person may lower his or her risk for developing problems.
For most people, Altoprev is quite effective at lowering cholesterol. It is also generally well tolerated. But side effects can occur with this drug, and people may wish to consider a substitute for Altoprev. These substitutes could include other statins or other cholesterol medicines.
(Click Altoprev Alternatives to learn more about these substitutes.)