What You Will Learn
Discover the basics of statins—all based on expert health information from the National Library of Medicine.
Get answers to common questions asked about statins.
What are other names for statins?
Why do you need statins?
How do statins work?
What should you know about the safety of statins?
Do statins have any other benefits?
Statins Explained From the Experts Video
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What Are Other Names for Statins?
Statins are also called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors.
Why Do You Need Statins?
Statins are drugs used to lower cholesterol. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much in your blood, it can stick to the walls of your arteries and narrow or even block them.
If diet and exercise don’t reduce your cholesterol levels, you may need to take cholesterol medicine. Often, this medicine is a statin.
How Do Statins Work?
Statins interfere with the production of cholesterol in your liver. They lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels. This can slow the formation of plaques in your arteries.
What Should You Know About the Safety of Statins?
Statins are relatively safe for most people. But they are not recommended for pregnant patients or those with active or chronic liver disease. They can also cause serious muscle problems. Some statins also interact adversely with other drugs.
You may have fewer side effects with one statin drug than another.
Do Statins Have any Other Benefits?
Researchers are also studying the use of statins for other conditions.
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What You Should Remember
- Statins are drugs used to lower cholesterol
- Statins interfere with the production of cholesterol in your liver
- Statins are relatively safe for most people
- If you have high cholesterol, talk to your doctor about your treatment options