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Drug Interactions

Lescol may interact with a number of other medications (see Lescol Drug Interactions for more information).

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to taking Lescol, you should talk with your healthcare provider if you have:
  • Liver disease or liver failure
  • Kidney disease or kidney failure
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Let your healthcare provider know if you:
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Lescol Precautions and Warnings for more information, including information on who should not take this medication.)

Alternatives to Lescol

In general, cholesterol treatment begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, exercise, and a low-cholesterol diet). If lifestyle changes alone do not lower cholesterol to a desirable level, medication such as Lescol 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, as well as a list of ideal LDL cholesterol levels.)
Because Lescol can lower LDL cholesterol (along with lowering total cholesterol and increasing HDL), people can lower their risk for developing several problems related to high cholesterol by taking it.
For most people, this medication is quite effective in lowering cholesterol. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur, and people may wish to consider a substitute for Lescol. These substitutes could include other statins or other cholesterol medicines.
(Click Lescol Alternatives to learn more about substitutes for this medication.)
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