The most common medication to treat high cholesterol levels is a group of medications called statins. These medications reduce the amount of cholesterol produced in the liver, effectively reducing total and LDL cholesterol levels. Other medications include fibrates, ezetimibe, and several others. A doctor will decide whether someone should start cholesterol medication, and which type and dosage they need. As with most medications, a small percentage of people may experience side effects. If side effects occur, medication should not be stopped, but rather alternatives should be discussed with a doctor.
Cholesterol medication should be taken regularly to work, and may need to be taken indefinitely. Importantly, starting cholesterol medical should be done together with lifestyle changes, not instead of them!