Statins


Type Of Medications:

  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • Fluvastatin (Lescol)
  • Lovastatin (Mevacor)
  • Pravastatin (Pravachol)
  • Rosuvastatin(Crestor)
  • Simvastatin (Zocor)

Instructions

  • Remember: These medicines are not a substitute for a heart healthy diet! They are only about half as effective on a high saturated fat diet.
  • If you are taking only one pill each day, it is usually most effective if you take it in the evening, with your meal or at bedtime
  • Treatment is usually long-term. When your cholesterol reaches a healthy level, you will still need to take your medication. If you stop taking it, your cholesterol will rise again
  • Do not drink more than 8 oz. of grapefruit juice within 8 hours of taking a statin medication.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects with this medication are rare—less than 3 out of 100 people taking these medications will have any of these side effects.

However, if you experience any of these symptoms, report them to your doctor.

  • Severe muscle soreness or weakness (rare)
  • Nausea or abdominal discomfort
  • Liver irritation (uncommon)
  • Rash
  • General fatigue (tiredness)
  • Insomnia

Follow-up

Liver function tests will be checked at 6 weeks after beginning or changing therapy and then yearly.