Frequently Asked Questions About Statins
Statins are a group of medications used to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood. This particular type of cholesterol – ‘low density lipoprotein’ – can cause all sorts of serious health problems if it builds up in the body. When taken as prescribed, statins are a safe and effective medication for treating high cholesterol with minimal side effects.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or you’ve been identified as somebody who is likely to develop it, you may be prescribed statins. As cardiovascular disease is so dangerous and statins are particularly effective as a treatment, you should always follow the course of statins treatment given to you. However, there are many considerations that have to be taken into account before anybody can start taking statins.
For example, people with liver disease generally shouldn’t use statins as they are at a higher risk of serious side effects. You should have a blood test before starting your statin treatment to check that your liver is in good condition, and continue to attend check ups throughout your treatment.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in the human body, and despite common misconceptions, Cholesterol is good for us in the right context. High cholesterol is when you have too much, which increases the risk of this fatty substance blocking blood vessels. This increases the chance of heart problems and stroke, though high cholesterol itself does not have ‘symptoms’ as such it can lead to other serious health issues.
If you have high cholesterol you may be prescribed a statin medication, as these are incredibly beneficial at preventing heart disease in those who could be prone to it.
Here are some natural ways to lower your cholesterol.
High cholesterol is generally a result of diet. As high cholesterol doesn’t always exhibit symptoms, it’s important to try and practice good health habits in your everyday life. Exercise is one of them, helping to strengthen your cardiovascular system. But a significant contribution to your cholesterol levels is actually in the food you eat. One of the leading causes of heart disease today is the consumption of unhealthy processed foods in our modern diets.
You may be recommended medication in order to combat high cholesterol if you’ve developed or are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Often your lifestyle will be assessed as well as your personal and family medical history. In this case, you may be prescribed a Statin medication, typically tablets which are used to lower LDL cholesterol.
Typically high cholesterol does not exhibit any symptoms, which is part of what makes it so dangerous. A blood test from your doctor will be able to tell you if you have high cholesterol.
Most of the concern around statins comes from their reported side effects. In truth, statins are generally well-tolerated and many people don’t experience significant side effects from their treatment.
The most frequently reported (1 in 10 people) side effects of statins include:
- Digestive problems such as constipation or diarrhea
- Nosebleeds or running nose
- Sore throat
These kinds of side effects are mild and common throughout many other medications. However, if you are concerned about any side effects you experience during your course of treatment, make sure to let your doctor or pharmacist know. They may prescribe an alternative statin or change the dosage.
Yes, you can order statin medication online from e-Surgery, with prices starting from just £7.95. If you have any questions about ordering statins online you can use our free Ask a Pharmacist service, whenever you are buying online or any other medication, make sure you check for the green GPhC logo on the bottom of each page of the website you are using.
You can use the GPhC website to check to see if a pharmacy is registered. This will ensure that when you buy statin tablets online they will be genuine.
Statin medication can be ordered from £7.95 from e-Surgery.