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Monday, November 16, 2009 Jerry M, Community Member, asks

Q: I cannot take the statin drugs because of muscle and joint pain. Need alternative to statins

I have had high cholesterol for many years and have been prescribed many of the drugs to lower my cholesterol.  Each one has caused me to have muscle and joint pain that stopped when I stopped the medicine.  Is there any other medication that will lower cholesterol that is not a statin?

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11/20/09 12:09pm

Hi Jerry,

 

I recommend taking steps to lower cholesterol levels through diet and lifestyle changes to decrease your dependence on medication - http://www.healthcentral.com/cholesterol/lifestyle.html?ic=4026

 

Here is a link to information on different cholesterol lowering medications -

http://www.healthcentral.com/cholesterol/find-drug.html?ic=4018 I recommend discussing your options and the pros/cons of each with your physician.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

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By Jerry M, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/14/10, First Published: 11/16/09