Statins

Alternatives to Statins

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, medication such as statins 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, statins are quite effective in lowering cholesterol. Side effects can occur, however, and people may wish to consider a substitute (see Alternatives to Statins to learn more).
 

What If I Take an Overdose?

If you happen to overdose on this medication, seek immediate medical attention (see Statin Overdose for more information).
 

How Should Statins Be Stored?

Statins should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep these and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets.
 

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you do not take your statin as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.
 
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