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Is medicine needed for high cholesterol

A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: These are remarkably safe. A handful of people get skeletal muscle damage but only after at least several days.

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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Malpass
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: Most people with an elevated cholesterol have no symptoms for many years. But high cholesterol contributes to the development of coronary artery disea... Read More
Dr. Ward Dean
Holistic Medicine 43 years experience
No symptoms--Niacin: There may be no symptoms. However, the safest, cheapest, most effective treatment for high cholesterol is niacin--vitamin b3. Niacin will lower tota... Read More
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Change your diet: The best medicine may be a change in diet,if you are willing to slow transition to a vegetarian diet and then possibly to a Vegan Diet (see Checklist ... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Medicines do not: Work? Typically something will. Need to keep trying and do not stop with diet and exercise please.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience
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
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Atique Mirza
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 31 years experience
None: None of the over the counter medication will lower your cholestrol significantly.
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dennis Ruditser
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Possibly: Although your LDL is undoubtably high, it's important to find out some more information before deciding whether to start lipid lowering medication. Do... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Healthy: lifestyle choices are the best place to start! Be sure to eat a healthy diet and exercise daily which is the most natural way to lower cholesterol. ... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: High cholesterol, even if associated with depositions in tendons, is a likely cause of tendon pain. If you are overweight losing weight will help both... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Primary care: Your family doctor, internist or cardiologist would be the one's to help. Difficult cases are sometimes seen by endocrinologists.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Stop smoking.: If you stop smoking you will very likely lower your cholesterol and avoid atherosclerosis which smoking is a key contributor to. I can't emphasize th... Read More