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Treat High Cholesterol with Atorvastatin

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Treat high cholesterol with Atorvastatin. Atorvastatin is prescribed to reduce high cholesterol, to slow or prevent hardening of the arteries, and to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Do take with:

Milk thistle ( Silybum marianum). Although there are no studies to date, silymarin, the active compound in the herb milk thistle, may protect against the liver damage that can occur as a side effect of this type of drug. Consider taking supplements( 150 mg three to four times daily)

Keep in mind

The dietary supplement, red yeast rice, sold as Cholestin, works in a way similar to the statin drugs. Do not use red yeast rice with atorvastatin. Lovastatin, a drug similar to atovastatin, interacts adversely with grapefruit juice.

There are no studies yet of atorvastatin and grapefruit juice, but similar problems are possible. Until more is known do not take atorvastatin with grapefruit juice. Hight doses of niacin can lower cholesterol levels.

Combining high-dose niacin with atorvastatin, however, can lead to a serious muscle disorder. The niacin in a daily multivitamin or B vitamin supplement does not cause problems, thought. According to one study, statin drugs can significantly lower your level of coezyme q10, a substance needed for energy production in your cells. Consider taking supplements ( 100 mg daily).

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