atorvastatin [Lipitor™], fluvastatin [Lescol™], lovastatin [Mevacor™], pravastatin [Pravachol™], rosuvastatin [Crestor™], simvastatin [Zocor™]
This group of medication blocks an enzyme that creates cholesterol. Consequently, there is a reduction of the cholesterol in the blood, mainly the “bad” one (LDL). These medications are mainly prescribed to diminish cholesterol accumulation in the blood vessels. They are therefore used to prevent heart attacks or strokes in people who never lived through them or to prevent these problems to strike again in people who recovered from them before.
Statins are usually taken once per day.
The most frequent secondary effects are nausea, diarrhea and headaches. It is important to be aware of possible muscle pain. If these occur, tell your doctor or pharmacist who will advise you what to do.