When used correctly, cholesterol medicine can be life-saving.
If you are taking cholesterol medicines, or about to start taking them, it’s important to understand your treatment. Different medicines work in different ways. You should know when to take your medicine, how to take it, what side effects are “normal,” and so on.
There are perks to understanding your cholesterol treatments. If you know the value of your medicine, you’re more likely to stick to your treatment plan. When you understand how to use your medicine correctly, you’ll likely see better results.
On the other hand, if you’re confused about your treatment, you may be more likely to stop taking it. When you stop taking your cholesterol medicines, you won’t be reducing your risk of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.
How to Get More Information on Your Cholesterol Medicine
To learn more information about your cholesterol treatment plan, your doctor is the best person to talk to. You should talk to your doctor about:
- Your risk factors for heart problems
- What your cholesterol numbers mean
- Why they’ve chosen a certain cholesterol medicine for you
- How the cholesterol medicine works
- What you should expect when taking this medicine
- The pros and cons of sticking with the treatment plan
- Reasonable goals for cholesterol numbers at your next blood test
- Credible sources where you can read more information
The most important thing is to ask your questions. It’s a good idea to take notes during appointments or write down questions beforehand. That way, you won’t forget to ask certain things if you get nervous in the doctor’s office.
You should feel comfortable asking any questions to your doctor. If that’s not the case, it might be a good idea to seek a different doctor. A strong relationship with your doctor can help you feel more comfortable asking for help, which may help you get better results from your cholesterol treatment plan.
Dr. Tolani is a cardiologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.