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can you take statin to lower the cholesterols then discontiune ?

By Anonymous May 23, 2010 - 6:10am
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my total cholesterols is just a little above normal level and I eat a mainly fish diet and take foods with sterolds content. non-smoker, non drinker not obesses,no high blood pressure and no family history of heart diseases.

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According to the Mayo Clinic: High Blood Cholesterol:
"Consider statins a lifelong commitment. You may think that once your cholesterol goes down, you can stop taking medication. But, if your cholesterol levels have decreased after you take a statin, you'll likely need to stay on it indefinitely. If you stop taking it, your cholesterol levels will probably go back up." "The exception may be if you make significant changes to your diet or lose a lot of weight. Substantial lifestyle changes may help you lower your cholesterol without continuing to take the medication, but don't make any changes to your lifestyle or medications without talking to your doctor first."

If you are interested in lowering your dose, or stopping completely, please talk with your doctor about this first. The lifestyle changes you have discussed...did you make these changes before or after you began the medication? Are you also incorporating exercise or physical activity into your daily/weekly routine?

May 23, 2010 - 12:41pm
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