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What are statins?

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Statins block the production of cholesterol in the liver. They lower LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, and triglycerides and have a mild effect in raising HDL, the "good" cholesterol. These drugs are the first line of treatment for most people with high cholesterol.

Statins carry warnings that memory loss, mental confusion, muscle aches, neuropathy, liver issues, high blood sugar, and type 2 diabetes are possible side effects. It's important to remember that statins may also interact with other medications you take.

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National Guideline Clearinghouse.

PDR Health.

PubMed.com.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on December 28, 2018

SOURCES:

National Guideline Clearinghouse.

PDR Health.

PubMed.com.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on December 28, 2018

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