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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.

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