Statin medications (statins) are the first-line treatment for patients with high cholesterol and those diagnosed with coronary artery disease. Unfortunately, some patients find when they are first prescribed a statin that they are unable to tolerate the drug.
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However, don’t be disheartened if you have a problem or experience a side effect from a specific statin, says Michael Rocco, MD, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Stress Testing, Section of Preventive Cardiology at Cleveland Clinic. There’s a good possibility that an alternate statin may work better for you. Many cardiologists will try multiple statins before deeming the therapy a failure.
Dr. Rocco also discusses how a specific over-the-counter supplement, Coenzyme Q10, and specific dosing regimens can help increase tolerance. Also learn how lifestyle changes gain even greater importance when there are limitations to using statin therapy in certain patients.