Understanding Cholesterol-Lowering Medications (cont.)
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Statins: Interactions and Side Effects
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Drug or food interactions: Consuming large quantities of grapefruit juice, more than 1 quart per day, decreases the ability of the liver to metabolize some statins, such as atorvastatin, simvastatin, or lovastatin. Also, and possibly more importantly, statins and certain other medications can interact, causing serious side effects. Tell the doctor about any prescription and nonprescription medications the patient is taking, including the following:
Side Effects: Statins are well tolerated, and serious side effects are rare.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/6/2015
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