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.