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Jennifer Moll, PharmD

When You Donít Want to Take Your Cholesterol-Lowering Medication

By September 17, 2011

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Cholesterol-lowering medication

You feel fine - even healthy. So why do you still have to take the medication that your doctor prescribed to you to lower your cholesterol? There are two major sources that could be causing your high cholesterol: your lifestyle and your genes. Although it may seem like a good idea to quit taking your cholesterol-lowering medication, doing so may have unhealthy consequences. Studies have shown that persistently high cholesterol levels can contribute to causing a heart attack, stroke, or certain other conditions, such as peripheral vascular disease. Therefore, living a healthy lifestyle and taking the medication your doctor prescribed to you is important to keeping your cholesterol levels in check - and lower your risk of developing heart disease down the road.

In some cases, affording or remembering to take your cholesterol-lowering medication may cause you not to take them as prescribed. If this is the case, try some of these helpful tips:

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