Things to Ask Your Healthcare Provider Before Choosing a Statin
Not all patients are the same. Not all statins are the same. Talk with your healthcare provider to make sure you are choosing the right statin for you. Here are some questions you can ask them:
- What statin dose is right for me?
- Am I at risk of drug-interactions with a statin?
- What time of day should I take my statin?
- Which statin has the fewest side effects?
Side Effects is the #1 Reason People Stop Taking Statins
Statin intolerance is when someone cannot take their statin therapy due to adverse effects they experience. The most common reported side-effect with statins is muscle pain. Certain risk factors that increase your chances including:
- Being female: 47.9% increase risk
- Increasing age: 33.1% increased risk
- Having hypothyroidism: 39.6% increased risk
- Being overweight: 30.6% increased risk
Learn more about additional statin intolerance and side effect risk factors here and what you can do.
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