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Taking Medicine to Help Lower Your Cholesterol

Learn About Taking Medicine to Help Lower Your Cholesterol

Some cholesterol comes from the foods you eat. Your body also makes cholesterol. Changing the foods you eat or your exercise habits may help to lower your cholesterol. But sometimes you may also need medicine to lower your cholesterol even more.

If your doctor gives you medicine to help lower your cholesterol, ask him or her to explain how your medicine works. Take your medicine as directed by your doctor and pharmacy. Your medicine may not work if you do not take it in the way it was recommended.

While you are on medicine, your doctor will check your cholesterol levels on a regular basis. Your cholesterol medicine can help your cholesterol levels stay low. If you stop your medicine, your cholesterol might get high again.

Here are some tips to help you remember to take your cholesterol medication:

  • Take your medicine at the same time every day. Try taking it at the same time you do other daily tasks
  • Set an alarm clock or set the alarm on your phone to remind you to take your medicine
  • Ask for help from family and friends
  • Keep a daily medicine calendar. Write down every time you take your medicine. Write down how much you take. Write on your calendar when it is time to order and pick up refills
  • Put a note on your refrigerator or on your bathroom mirror

Talk to your doctor if you forget to take your medicine. He or she can help you find ways to remember.