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are there any alternatives to statins

I`ve been taking Simvastatin for about 6 weeks, but I had to stop because they were making me feel very tired & drowsy, & every time I ate something I`d fall asleep. I haven`t taken any for about 4 days, & am steating to feel better. The trouble is that I know that my cholesterol levels need to be kept under control, & I`m very wooried that I`ll develop heart problems if I don`t take them. I want to ask my doctor`s advice but I can`t get an appointment for ages. Is there any other measures I can take to reduce cholesterol in the meantime?

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Yes, there are...lots ! It's just that statins take all the "glory" if you know what I mean. Most, however are prescription only. A lot of people on this site have gone down the diet route, especially the UCLP one. Look on the HEART UK website for more info.


Don't rule out statins just because you had a problem with one of them. They are a bit different. I had horrendous problems with Rosuvastatin, but seem OK with Simvastatin so far (except for one brand that caused me to break out in lumps - which I think was probably due to a non-active(!) ingredient in the tablet).

Also, I'd be complaining about that doctor to the NHS and probably looking for a new one. There's some sort of target for appointment timeliness I think.

Agree with Aliwally - the HEART UK site had a list of all the possible treatments, as well as the UCLP diet.


I take high strength Plant Sterols 750mg x2 a day and oats for breakfast. My baseline cholesterol was 9.7 and now with the above 7.4 At present I choose not to take statins but this is a personal decision. Before I made any decision I discussed these options with my doctor. Good luck.


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