Pages tagged: HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins)

Why do I need to take a cholesterol-lowering medicine? Your doctor may give you a cholesterol-lowering medicine called a "statin" if you have high levels of total or LDL cholesterol (the "bad cholesterol") that cannot be lowered with a program of diet and exercise. Statins block an enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) which causes your body to make less cholesterol.