Once you have been prescribed a statin, it is vital that you continue to take your medication as directed by your doctor. You will need to continue taking your statin medication for the rest of your life, even if you feel well, to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). If you already have CVD, taking your statin medication can reduce the risk of developing further problems.
If you forget to take your statin tablet, don’t worry; just take the next tablet when it is due. Do not try to make up the missed dose by taking double the dose.
Stopping statin medication may put you at an increased risk of developing CVD. If, for any reason, you are unable to continue taking your statin medication, you should talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Statins are prescribed to prevent serious complications such as heart attack or stroke, so it is important that you discuss your options with your doctor. Statins are generally well tolerated, and have been used and studied in large clinical tests (trials) over long periods of time.
To talk online to others with high cholesterol, you can join HEART UK’s patient forum, Health Unlocked: http://heartuk.org.uk/healthunlocked