Many people are at low risk for heart attack or stroke and do not need to take a statin. Statins are intended to be used by people at high risk of heart disease. They are the ones who derive significant benefit. Use the American Heart Association’s heart disease risk calculator to start a conversation with your doctor about your personal risk.
What is the best time to take statins and why?
Most statins should be taken once every 24 hours. Depending on the particular medication and dosage, you may need to take your statin twice a day. Certain statins work better when taken with a meal. Others work best when they’re taken at night. This is because the cholesterol-making enzyme is more active at night.
What should I know before taking statins?
The 7 things you should know before taking a statin
What is the best time of day to take statins?
Many statins (but not all) must be taken in the evening. The liver produces the most cholesterol in the middle of the night (in the early morning hours). Therefore, it is best to take the short-acting statin drugs in the evening, as taking them early in the day would decrease their effectiveness.
Should I start taking a statin?
start statin treatment – statins should be taken in the evening for maximal effect, and require 4 weeks or more to exert their full effect on lipid concentrations. LFT should be carried out before and within 4-6 weeks of starting statin therapy (1).
Why should you take statins at night?
Most doctors recommend that you take statins at night. This is because the body’s cholesterol-manufacturing enzyme is most active during the night, which makes the statins more effective when taken at night. Furthermore, the half-life of statins, or the amount of time it takes for half of the dosage…
Which statin is best?
One of the strongest statins available is rosuvastatin, which is typically the best statin for people with severely high cholesterol that cannot be controlled with diet or exercise. In comparison, fluvastatin is considered a middle-of-the-road tablet that typically is best statin for people with moderately high blood cholesterol.
Do you take statin drugs?
Rhabdomyolysis can cause severe muscle pain, liver damage, kidney failure and death. The risk of very serious side effects is extremely low, and calculated in a few cases per million people taking statins. Rhabdomyolysis can occur when you take statins in combination with certain drugs or if you take a high dose of statins. Liver damage