What Do I Need to Know About Medicines That Lower Cholesterol?

When You Take Medicines That Lower Cholesterol

  • Stick with your plans to change your diet and get more exercise. Even if you take medicine, you still need to take these steps to control your cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease.
  • Be patient. It may take several weeks or months to tell which medicine or dosage works best for you.
  • Make sure you tell your doctor and pharmacist about all other medicines you take and conditions you have.
  • Take your cholesterol medicine exactly as prescribed.
  • Talk with your doctor about any side effects to see if something can be done to reduce them. If your doctor says to call right away about certain side effects, do this.
  • See your doctor on a regular basis to have your cholesterol checked. With some types of medicines, your doctor may need to do blood tests to monitor your liver, too. Get these tests as often as your doctor says.

Don't be afraid to ask your doctor what you may think are silly questions about your medicines. The only silly questions are ones that go unasked. Take the time to write down any questions or concerns you have about the medicine before your visit. Then take the list with you, and write down your doctor's answers. See Are Medicines for Me? for a list of questions for your doctor.

How Do I Take Medicines That Lower Cholesterol? cholesterol come in various forms. These include tablets, capsules, and powders. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Also, your pharmacist can give you directions on how to take them and tell you which foods and other medicines you should avoid. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if there is any written information about the medicine that you can take home. It's OK to use water or juice to help you swallow pill forms. If you have any questions or don't understand the directions, call your doctor or pharmacist. 

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