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alternatives to statin drugs for lower cholesterol

A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Cohen
42 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Not a good idea. Red yeast rice is actually a ministatin.- contains a small amount of lovastatin-the first marketed statin. It is not good to mix stat ... Read More
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Dr. Elden Rand
21 years experience Cardiology
Not helpful: Ryr supplements sold in the us cannot by law have more than trace amounts of cholesterol lowering substances (monacolin k which is identical to lovast ... Read More

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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: Red yeast contains lovastatin that's made naturally. Somebody's going to tell you that it's 'better' because it was grown in ... Read More
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
73 years experience Preventive Medicine
Not enough info: You do not provide the cholesterol or triglycerides. It does not look like a statin deal and i never prescribed them anyway. Sugar is much more danger ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Danny Farahmandian
23 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
You can try others: Sometimes, there is a specific statin amongst the group that won't cause this. Also can try coq10 which may negate side effect of a statin.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Need more info: How much do you weigh? How tall are you? What is your blood pressure? You may need statins, but you need to consult your doctor about losing weight, i ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Need more info: How high is your cholesterol? What other risk factors, if any, do you have? How likely are you be compliant with a rigorous dietary regimen? It would ... Read More
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A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Talk to your MD: Statins are wonderful medicines to lower cholesterol and help control your lipid levels. They can have some side effects which are bothersome such as ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
For medications no,: but you can reduce your statin dosage with exercise and fish oils either dietary supplement EPA or Vascepa
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Audrey estelle Zietsman
Specializes in General Practice
Atorvastatin?: No brand of rosuvastatin is on the Discovery formulary, but atorvastatin and simvastatin are. Try atorvastatin first (any brand) and if you don't lik ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Statin: In general the one you can afford. Rosuvastatin is the most potent milligram for milligram but they all work. You need diet and exercise also, and don ... Read More
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