Medicines for high cholesterol

Medicine to lower your cholesterol

You might need medicine to lower your cholesterol if:

Ask your doctor about the medicines you can take.


Statins are the most common medicine for high cholesterol.

They reduce the amount of cholesterol your body makes.

You take a tablet once a day. You usually need to take them for life.

Other medicines for high cholesterol

Other medicines may be used if statins do not work or you do not want to take statins.

These include:


Find out more

Heart UK: treatment for high cholesterol

Page last reviewed: 24 June 2022
Next review due: 24 June 2025