Cholesterol Lowering Drugs
In the past, when there was a large focus on LDL goals, if you did not reach your LDL goal after three months of taking a single cholesterol medication, your healthcare provider would consider starting a second medicine along with it. However, now that there is very little emphasis on the old LDL goals, it is unclear what role these other medications may have. One important role may be in people who cannot tolerate their recommended dose of statin due to side effects, since the use of low doses of each medicine may help reduce side effects.
Examples of cholesterol lowering medications that have been combined into one form include:
Cholesterol Lowering Drugs and Lifestyle Changes
If your doctor prescribes medication to control your cholesterol, you also will need to:
- Be more physically active
- Follow your cholesterol-lowering diet
- Lose weight (if you are overweight)
- Control all of your other heart disease risk factors (including smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes).
Taking these steps may lessen the amount of cholesterol medication you need or make the medicine work better -- and that reduces your risk for a heart attack.