It's not easy to alter your lifestyle and take cholesterol-lowering medication,
especially when you don't feel any symptoms. It is very important, however,
that you understand and stick to your treatment plan. Remember:
Before you leave your doctor's office, make sure that you ask
the right questions. For a list you can print out and take with
you, click here.
If you have problems with your medicine, do not stop taking the drug on your
own. Talk with your doctor first. Most side effects go away over time, or your
doctor may be able to change the dosage or prescribe a different drug.
High cholesterol can be controlled. By working with your doctor to follow
your treatment guidelines and to stay informed about your health status, you
can reduce your cholesterol and decrease your risk for heart disease.
Once diagnosed with high cholesterol, managing your condition will be a lifelong
commitment. The steps you take now are important to improve the quality of
Alan Greene, M.D., F.A.A.P., Department of Pediatrics, Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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