Medicines for high cholesterol
Medicine to lower your cholesterol
You might need medicine to lower your cholesterol if:
- your cholesterol level has not gone down after changing your diet and lifestyle
- you're at a high risk of having a heart attack or stroke
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.
- other tablets – such as ezetimibe, fibrates, bile acid sequestrants (also called resins) and bempedoic acid
- injections – such as alirocumab, evolocumab and inclisiran
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Page last reviewed: 24 June 2022
Next review due: 24 June 2025