Statin Drugs and Statins

Statins are HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and lower plasma cholesterol by inhibiting cholesterol synthesis. Results can typically be seen in 6 days and maximum effect in 4-6 weeks.

Statins are currently the most potent cholesterol lowering agents. They can lower "bad cholesterol" or LDL.

The guidelines suggest that patients generally try a cholesterol lowering diet before taking statins.

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