Statins are an effective treatment for lowering LDL cholesterol and ofer primary and secondary cardiovascular protection.
Following failure or side effects with one statin a different statin should be tried.
People on low intensity statins or low doses of other statins should have doses and options optimised before trying other options.
Statins are contraindicated in pregnancy. Women planning a pregnancy taking a statin should be advised to stop statin 3 months before conceiving and not to restart until they finished breast feeding.