Statins and Statin Combinations for High Cholesterol
How It Works
Statins block an enzyme the body needs to produce Reference cholesterol Opens New Window. As a result, Reference LDL Opens New Window ("bad") cholesterol levels in the blood go down, thereby lowering total blood cholesterol levels.
Statins may be taken alone or taken with other cholesterol medicines such as fibric acid derivatives, bile acid sequestrants, or nicotinic acid. Statins may also be combined with other types of medicines into one pill.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: June 29, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology