Statin therapy can help lower cholesterol
GEHA | December 13, 2022
Statins are drugs that work to lower your cholesterol by blocking the substance needed to make cholesterol, slowing the formation of plaque in your arteries. Having high cholesterol levels can increase your risk for heart attacks and strokes. Statins are a relatively safe way to adjust cholesterol levels but are not recommended for those who are pregnant or who have active or chronic kidney disease.
Some of the statins available in the United States include:
- Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
- Lovastatin (Altoprev)
- Pitavastatin (Livalo, Zypitamag)
- Pravastatin (Pravachol)
- Rosuvastatin (Crestor, Ezallor)
- Simvastatin (Zocor)
It is important to take your medications consistently. Staying on top of your medications helps to keep your health under control. Once your statin therapy begins working, don’t stop taking it! Continue taking the statins to ensure your cholesterol levels stay under control. The holiday season can throw off medication routines. Use the following tips to stay on top of your medication routine throughout the busyness of the holidays.
- To help remember medications, aim to take them at the same time every day. Set a reminder on your phone or take them with a meal to make medicine a routine task.
- Utilize pill organizers. Refill pill organizers at the same time weekly to ensure every dose is taken.
- When traveling, keep medications in your carryon. Don’t risk losing your important medications along with lost luggage. Keep your medications with you throughout your flight.
- Keep a medicine calendar. Write out a schedule of which medications you take, dosage and any special instructions. This is especially useful for when you first begin taking a new medication.
“Why You Need to Take Your Medications as Prescribed or Instructed.” fda.gov U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 16 February 2016
“Statins: Are these cholesterol-lowering drugs right for you?” mayoclinic.org, Mayo Clinic, 18 March 2022
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