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Statins - Overview
Statin medications are sometimes prescribed to people who need medical treatment for high cholesterol. People who might need statin drugs can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider online who can prescribe statins online when appropriate to do so.
What Are Statins?
Statin medications work by blocking the enzyme hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA (HMG-CoA) reductase. By blocking this enzyme, statin drugs interfere with the synthesis of cholesterol in the body. This statin mechanism of action is why statin drugs are sometimes called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor medications. Consequently, statin prescription medications are written as part of cholesterol treatment program in conjunction with diet and exercise for some people. Statins may also have an anti-inflammatory effect through reducing markers that stimulate inflammation in the body.
Statins - List of Medications
A wide range of statin prescription medications exist with similar mechanisms of action. Here is a list of statin medications commonly prescribed:
- Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
- Lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor)
- Pitavastatin (Livalo)
- Pravastatin (Pravachol)
- Rosuvastatin (Crestor)
- Simvastatin (Zocor)
Different statin medications may be prescribed, depending on the specific health characteristics of the patient and the judgement and familiarity of the medical provider with the statin prescribed. Typically, statin prescriptions are meant to complement existing diet and lifestyle programs designed to improve lipid levels.
Statin Prescriptions Online
For statin medications, a consultation with a medical provider and a statin prescription is necessary before a pharmacy can dispense a statin drug. For people who need a statin prescription, Push Health makes the process easier by connecting patients who need a statin prescription with online medical providers who can prescribe statin medications when appropriate to do so.
Side Effects of Statins
Like all medications, statin medications can cause adverse effects when used. Side effects that may occur from prescription statin drug use include nausea, headache, fatigue, body aches and diarrhea. Muscle symptoms and other muscle disorders such as rhabdomyolysis have been reported with statin use. More research is being done to look at CoQ10 and statins and whether supplementation with coenzyme Q10 reduces muscle symptoms. Statin medications can also interact with other medications which is why it is important that patients discuss side effects and other concerns with a pharmacist before using statin prescription medications.
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Last updated April 24, 2021. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.