Cholesterol FAQs Topic Guide
Cholesterol FAQs: Test your cholesterol IQ by reading about cholesterol FAQs (cholesterol facts) like the risk factors for high cholesterol (diet, lack of exercise, smoking, heredity) and what you can do to lower your cholesterol level. Lifestyle changes such as weight control, exercise, diet, quitting smoking may lower cholesterol levels. Medication is sometimes necessary if lifestyle changes are not effective in lowering cholesterol levels.
Statins Statins are a class of drug prescribed for reducing blood cholesterol levels in individuals with high cholesterol. Examples of statins available include: atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor, Altocor), pravastatin (Pravachol), pitavastatin (Livalo) simvastatin (Zocor), and rosuvastatin (Crestor). Side effects, drug interactions, and warnings and precautions should be reviewed prior to taking any medication.
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