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Statins

Also called: Super Statins, HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors

- Summary
- About statins
- Potential side effects
- Drugs and other interactions
- Conditions of concern
- Ongoing research
- Lifestyle considerations
- Pregnancy use issues
- Child use issues
- Elderly use issues
- Questions for your doctor

Reviewed By:
Kerry Prewitt, M.D., FACC
Sumit Verma, M.D., FACC
Stephen J. Gulotta, M.D., FACC, FCCP, FACP

Summary

Statins are a type of cholesterol-reducing drug that lower the levels of fats (lipids) in the blood, including cholesterol and triglycerides. Other types of cholesterol-reducing drugs include fibrates, bile acid resins, nicotinic acid and ezetimibe. All are commonlHigh cholesterol (hyperlipidemia) involves elevated blood cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels.y used to treat high cholesterol, but statins are considered the first line of treatment for patients with this condition.

High levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and other fats in the bloodstream increase the risk of developing hardening or narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis), heart attack, stroke and other heart-related conditions. 

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Review Date: 02-05-2007
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