Font Size

Statins and Cholesterol (cont.)

Statins and drug or food interactions

Statins and other medications may interact, causing serious side effects. These can include the following:

Health care practitioners or pharmacists will be able to give advice and direction regarding potential interactions between statins and other medications and dietary supplements.

Grapefruit juice may decrease the ability of the liver to metabolize some statins (for example, atorvastatin [Lipitor], simvastatin [Zocor], and lovastatin [Mevacor, Altocor]) and should not be consumed at the same time as the statin medication is taken; some doctors recommend avoiding any grapefruit juice. Also, and possibly more importantly, tell your doctor about any prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2014

Must Read Articles Related to Statins and Cholesterol

Heart Disease
Coronary Heart Disease Coronary heart disease (CHD), also called coronary artery disease, affects about 14 million men and women in the United States. Disease develops when a combinat...learn more >>
Atherosclerosis (Hardening of the Arteries)
Hardening of the Arteries Hardening of the arteries (arthrosclerosis) is a disorder that occurs when fat and cholesterol are deposited in the walls of the arteries, and harden into plaqu...learn more >>
Heart Attack
Heart Attack A heart attack is an interruption in blood flow to the heart muscle. Arterial plaque rupture is often the cause of a heart attack. Symptoms of a heart attack ma...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Statins:

Statins for Cholesterol - Patient Experience

What statins were you prescribed to control your cholesterol? Please describe your experience.

Statins for Cholesterol - Side Effects

Did you experience side effects from statins? What were they?

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Hypercholesterolemia, Familial »

Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an autosomal dominant disorder that causes severe elevations in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLc).

Read More on Medscape Reference »

Medical Dictionary