I would like to try to reduce my statins, I’m currently on Atorvastatin 80 mg after a HA and stent almost 2 years ago. My cholesterol is 3.73 with an LDL of 1.86 has anyone any suggestions.
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I would not reduce them without asking my Doctor first
I was on 80mg for a short while but I had some side effects so I contacted my Doctor who let me drop to 40mg but I would not have done it without asking first
I am sure if you speak to yours and they are happy for you to reduce them they will tell you how and the safest way would be as well as checking with a lower dose your cholesterol stays at a good reading x
If you are only on them to reduce Cholesterol, then speak to your GP/Cardiologist to see if they are happy to reduce them.
If they are not just to reduce Cholesterol then you could still have the conversation, but they are less likely to agree!
The guideline total cholesterol for those with heart disease is 4.0 below. You are only about 5% inside this so I am unclear why you wish to reduce the dose. Speak to your GP but bear in mind statins also reduce irritation often a precursor to plaque formation and stabise any existing plaque.
It is important not to alter anything without consulting you doctor. They need to know in case other problems arise.I assume you are following diet and exercise advice.
The primary reason for prescribing statins is to reduce cholesterol. But they have two other benefits, indeed some experts say these additional benefits are actually MORE important than the cholesterol reduction.
Firstly statins reduce the background inflammation which was often the root cause of a patient's heart disease.
Secondly statins tend to stabilise the plaque that's present in your arteries. The importance of this can be readily appreciated when it's realised that the majority of heart attacks occur in people whose arteries are less than 50% blocked, and conversely there are plenty of people on this forum with arterial blockage well in excess of 90%, but who have never had a heart attack. In other words your risk of dying from atherosclerosis is as much about how stable your plaque is, as about the amount of plaque that you have.
Chappychap that’s good to know and understand and adds some sensible context for any reduction thank you
This role of Statins stabilising any plaque that is present along with reducing inflammation is very important.
Statins also improve the function of the inner lining of the blood, the endothelium.
My heart condition is due to endothelial dysfunction. I have been prescribed statins to help prevent a heart attack, even though I have unobstructed coronary arteries.
The root cause of of background Inflammation is stress and sugar period reduce those especially sugar which you can can control then go down to 40 mg of statins.
Keep in mind doctors stand firm to the concept of “standard of care” so they will not reduce anything in case they are liable for a court case but you don’t need there permission to reduce your statins regardless what the doctor says or you can buy a pills cutter if needed
Also research shows that doubling dosage of statins doesn’t double the reduction in plaque or the stabilising of plaque and there little proof of statins stabilising plaque as many other factors come into the equation.
Statins have many side-effects quite bad ones too especially at 80mg plus which ain’t talked about by the doctors so if you can reduce it to 40 mg which is the best dose for the best results then I would recommend that period
I've stopped taking mine. Like you, I have low cholesterol and so have refused them.
Ah. Sounds like the lad my wife worked with a few years ago. He was on medication for epilepsy and had gone a few months without a seizure. So he told everyone in the office that he didn’t need the medication and had stopped taking it. Of course he very soon started having seizures.
Unless you’re having side effects what’s the point of doing that? I take 80 mg every day and all it seems to do is reduce my cholesterol. Happy days as far as I’m concerned.
I just stopped taking them, gradually feeling so much better. Do your own research though.
NICE has approved a ground breaking cholesterol lowering treatment and nhs will be making it available widely as from October. Contact your gp. Most haven't heard of it which is shocking given it was widely reported. 2 jabs a year. See nice.org.uk/news/article/ni...
Is this the one whereby you have an injection that lasts for months? A bit worrying if you have bad side effects
However if your cholesterol can be reduced using statins you won’t be offered the new injection. It’s for those patients who either don’t respond to statins, exetimibe or bempedoic acid. That’s a very particular cohort.
If you've had a HA and you cannot tolerate ssyatins / achiece ldl less than 2 you should be able to get it.
The tolerance of statins is the key. This patients seems to be able to tolerate them so doesn’t qualify. There’s also ezetimibe and bempedoic acid to be tried before the injection would be considered. The injection won’t be widely used if NICE guidelines are followed by the medics
I am on repatha for cholesterol. Pill forms have caused painful muscle aches, making it difficult to walk. This med is injected like an epi pen. Im enjoying lower cholesterol rhan I could ever imagine...but my private insurance runs out when i turn 65 and (in U.S) I wont be able to afford it.
I was on 80mg after HA 6 years ago but felt exhausted. Now down to 20mg but take other cholesterol lowering supplements and follow the Dean OrishEsselstyn diet for reversing heart disease. Cholesterol consistently between 3/3.4 so happy with that. 80mg reduces cholesterol by 55% and 20mg 42% so there’s not a huge difference but do your own research.
Whereas your readings look to be good, I would only think about reducing any dosage after consulting with my doctor, so my advice to you is to make an appointment ASAP
Hiya. I have just come off 80mg Atarvastatin after lots of worsening side effects and my cholesterol levels actually going up! I am taking a supplement of clean plant sterols ( no fillers) for a month and seeing how that goes. After that I will reconsider statins. People seem to get good results with Rosuvastatin sometimes combined with Ezetimibe which works differently to a statin. Good luck!
By following a vegan diet
Not everyone would find following a vegan diet much fun 😊Quality of life is important.
I won’t rule anything out thanks
Hi again Tibbs, do you know about the Ornish\Esselstyn plant based diet? Clinically proven in randomised trials to reduce heart disease and cholesterol. Google the book ‘Undo it’ and make up your own mind, at very least it’s a good read.
Hi..My cardiologist told me statins were not only prescribed for cholesterol reduction but have other effects on the hearts well being..so take medical advice first..🤔
If you’ve had an event like a heart attack then your LDL needs to be below or just 1.8. My lipidologist tends to use that figure to guide dosage This is lower than those who haven’t had an event. And there are other cardioprotective effects of statins as many others have mentioned above.
I was put on 40mg Atorvastatin automatically after a stroke. Prior to that there was never an issue with my cholesterol level. I was getting side effects of joint pain in my hips and wrist and asked my doctor if I could reduce the dose to 20mg as I knew there were other benefits from statins. She agreed but also said if the joint pain didn't improve she was willing to prescribe other statins. Happy on 20mg so far but don't know yet what difference it's made to my level.
Hi Silvasava it’s worth a mention to my GP, I hope the reduction helps for you
I believe that Statins not only reduce cholesterol but make it less likely that a plaque will detach from your artery wall thus causing another clot. So they are likely to prescribe a higher dose. Before my HA I was on 40mg, but after 80mg of atorvastatin.
A year later, the cardiologist reduced the dose to 40mg. He did this after seeing a further angiogram which showed completely clear coronary arteries.
I take statins as part of my meds after angina problems 18 months ago. I also take Verapamil, Clopidogrel and have a spray. Very rarely do I need the spray. I had an allergic reaction to the statin Rosuvastin and allergic to Semsatisn. When I got changed to Atorvastin I started to have some allergic reactions but a lot less. Our pharmacist at our surgery then suggested one every second day. After 6 months my cholesterol level continues to come down. 3.5. I was on the lowest dose for all the statins. As others suggested please consult with doc surgery before changing anything yourself. Good luck
Hi, it really depends on whether you are having side effects and what your GP and heart consultant say. My readings are the same as yours and we agreed a 6 month trial where I stopped statins due to the leg pains they caused, my readings stayed the same! As a preventative measure I now stake Ezetimibe which is more expensive so less prescribed but cause me no problems, have a frank discussion… good luck 😊
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