If changes in your diet, exercise, and weight loss don't help lower your cholesterol level, your doctor might prescribe medication. For most people, taking cholesterol-lowering medication is a life long commitment.
Your doctor will base his or her decision to give you medication on more than just the cholesterol blood test. They will also look to see if you are at risk for heart disease from other problems. The more risk factors of getting heart disease you have, the lower your cholesterol level needs to be.
There are many types of medications used to treat high cholesterol. The type your doctor recommends will be based on many things, like your cholesterol levels and other medical conditions.
Remember that high cholesterol cannot be cured, but it may be controlled. And, your cholesterol level is likely to creep up again if you stop treatment. That's why it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, keep your cholesterol down, and take your medication every day, even if you feel fine.