Statin Drugs -- What You Should Know

Dosing Information

The dose of a statin drug that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The particular product
  • How you respond to the medication
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(For more information, see your particular statin drug within

Drug Interactions

Statins can potentially interact with several other medicines (see the information for your particular statin on

Alternatives to Statin Drugs

In general, cholesterol treatment begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, exercise, and a low-cholesterol diet). However, if lifestyle changes alone do not lower cholesterol to a desirable level, medications may be necessary.
The main goal of high-cholesterol medication is to lower LDL cholesterol levels enough to reduce your risk for developing problems, 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 a general guideline of ideal LDL cholesterol levels.)
For most people, statin drugs are quite effective at lowering cholesterol. Side effects can occur, however, and people may wish to consider a substitute (see Alternatives to Statins to learn more).
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