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Medications for Lowering Your Cholesterol
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For some people it is necessary to combine cholesterol-lowering medications with changes in lifestyle to get enough of a reduction in cholesterol. The National Cholesterol Education Program estimates that as many as 9 million Americans take some form of cholesterol lowering drug therapy. Your doctor can help to decide which combination of cholesterol-lowering activities is right for you.

Sources for information about cholesterol medications include the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “Keeping Cholesterol Under Control,” 1999, and The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. The first step to staying on your medication is understanding what you are taking and why. 

  • Ask your doctor what you are being treated for and how each medication helps. For example: If you are taking a statin, you should know that is for lowering your LDL-cholesterol to lower your risk of heart disease.

  • Know the side effects of any medications you are taking. You can find this out by asking your doctor or pharmacist. You can also use the Medications section of Enter in the name of you medication and click for instant information.

  • Ask your doctor how your medicine works with your other medications and the foods you eat. For example: Some medications work best if you take them with food, and others work best if you take them at bedtime.

  • Ask your doctor what to do if you miss a dose of medication or if you have problems with side effects. It is important that you keep your doctor informed of how the medication is working for you. Use to chart your medications.

How to Stay on Your Cholesterol-Lowering Medication.

Remembering to take your medication is important. Daily reminders are often helpful when scheduling your medication doses. Try to time taking your medication around activities that you do daily such as setting your alarm clock, brushing your teeth, eating your meals, going to work, or doing other daily activities. Other ways to help yourself remember to take your medication could be:

  • Use to send yourself reminders to take medication. To find the reminder service, register as a user.

  • Set your watch alarm to go off when it’s time to take medication.

  • Place a reminder card in a visible place.

  • Use a medication box that will hold your entire day’s supply of medication. This will let you know if you missed a dose of medication.

If you have tried these tricks and still have trouble remembering your medication, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. It may be possible to simplify your medication schedule or to put your medication in special containers called blister packs to help you.

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