If you are thinking of stopping your statin, think again. Not taking your statin as prescribed puts you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. But what can you do if you're experiencing statin side effects?
First, it's important to understand that not all statins are the same. Statins vary in their intensity levels. In fact, many people currently on a high-intensity* statin say they would rather take a lower-intensity statin to manage high cholesterol. Also, how a statin is processed in the body can differ from person to person. You should feel empowered to have an open and honest discussion with your doctor to find the right statin for you.
* Like Lipitor® [atorvastatin] or Crestor® [rosuvastatin]
It's easy to sometimes feel rushed during doctor's appointments, and you may forget or simply decide not to voice certain questions and concerns. But remember, your doctor is a partner in your high cholesterol journey and needs to hear exactly what you're experiencing to make the appropriate treatment recommendation.
You can print out this handy Doctor Discussion Guide to help you make the most of your next conversation with your doctor. The tips below can also help you get started.
Your doctor is a partner in your cholesterol management journey
Open up to your doctor to ensure you’re on a statin that fits your unique needs. Also, discuss any questions or concerns you may have about which statin is most appropriate for you.
Get "real" about your statin experience
Tell your doctor if you’re experiencing any side effects or are unsatisfied with your current statin. Be sure to mention any individual considerations that can impact your statin treatment as this may help your doctor determine if a different statin may be better for you.
Share your medical profile
Tell your doctor about all other prescription and nonprescription medicines you take, including over-the-counter and herbal supplements. With more information, your doctor will be better able to protect you against the potential for other medications to interfere with your statin and may help minimize the chance for side effects.
Don’t be shy, speak up!
If you're not satisfied with your current statin or if you are considering stopping your statin altogether, speak up to your doctor. Research shows that people who request a specific prescription treatment from their doctor usually receive it, so if there is a specific statin you want to try, ask your doctor if it may be right for you.