What to Ask When Your Doctor Prescribes a Statin

When your doctor prescribes a statin, here’s what you want to know.

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Statins have become the standard for treating high cholesterol. Not only do they do a great job of bringing down the levels of harmful cholesterol in your blood, they do so with relatively few side effects compared to other drugs on the market. In spite of their relative safety, there are some things you want to make sure you ask your doctor before starting a statin for the first time to make sure you’re not going on a medication unnecessarily.

  1. What are my heart attack risk factors that are making you put me on a statin?
  2. What healthy lifestyle changes can I try first?
  3. How long should I try these lifestyle changes before going on a statin?

By asking these three questions, you’ll know why you’re being put on the medication, whether there’s anything you might change before starting it and how long you should put off starting the statin to try other things. The trouble is, it can be tough to remember everything you wanted to know when you get to the doctor’s office. Print out this page and take it with you as a way to remember what to ask at your next appointment.