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Statins and Cholesterol (cont.)

How do statins work?

Statins may lower cholesterol levels by 20% to 60% by slowing the production of cholesterol and by increasing the liver's ability to remove LDL (low density lipoprotein) or bad cholesterol. Statins lower LDL levels more effectively than other types of drugs. They also modestly increase HDL (high-density lipoprotein) or good cholesterol levels and decrease total cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Who should not use statins?

Individuals should not use statins if they:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2014

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