High Cholesterol - Conventional Medicine Treatments
Medication that lowers cholesterol is known under the generic term ‘statins’.
Statins are the most common medication given to lower cholesterol levels.
Not all brands of statins are the same, some are stronger than others.
The following list puts the statins in order of strength, the strongest at the top:
Statins work by inhibiting the HMG-CoA enzyme which controls the production of cholesterol in the liver hence production of cholesterol is slowed down. Statins are not without some side effects such as headaches, abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhea. More serious side effects are muscle inflammation and liver failure (rare) There is also some evidence that statins can increase the risk of cataracts and increasing evidence that some statins can affect memory (Pravastatin, Atorvastatin).