Statins are a class of drugs that are used to help treat high cholesterol by causing the liver to produce less of it. One of the medicines you may have heard about is lovastatin (Mevacor®). This product has several effects in the body:
- Increases the liver's ability to collect and get rid of LDL cholesterol ("bad cholesterol")
- Increases HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol")
- Decreases triglycerides.
Although most people have no problems with lovastatin, this medicine is not right for everyone. For example, people with liver or kidney disease, those with a condition called homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, and people who drink alcohol frequently may need to consider an alternative treatment. Your healthcare provider will review your complete medical history when making this determination.
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