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Should I still use my cholesterol drug if it has side effects?

Every drug has both good and bad aspects. If you have already tried dietary changes and added exercise, yet you still have elevated cholesterol, maybe it's time to try medication. That's a decision between you and your doctor. If you do take medication, follow your doctor's instructions to help avoid side effects.

Most medications have benefits and risks. In the case of simvastatin and other cholesterol drugs the benefits of reduced cholesterol and heart protection usually outweigh the small risk of side effects in most people. If you keep yourself updated, you will continue to receive any new safety information that comes out from the drug manufacturers, the FDA, and the medical literature. These safety alerts will provide you additional information about what the alert means and what you need to be concerned about.

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