Get E-Book on COVID-19

Q. Does high cholesterol medicine have any side effects?

Answered by
Dr. Nageswara Rao
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 27, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jun 11, 2020

Hi doctor,

My cholesterol and triglyceride levels are elevated. But, they were the same in my previous checkup reports too. I am a bit reluctant to take medication because of the side effects. My father has both cardiac and diabetic issues. I am doing exercise regularly and my intake of sugar is also under control. I do not smoke, but drink 3 pegs only on Saturdays. Can you please let me know why my cholesterol levels are still high? Is it too high to take medicines? Is there any side effect with the medicines? What precaution do I need to take in my lifestyle? I know that the long-term elevated levels of cholesterol is risky. Please help me.

Dr. Nageswara Rao

Diabetology General Medicine Internal Medicine


Welcome to

Your vitamin D levels, thyroid levels and HbA1c are quite good.

Regarding your high cholesterol, it may be due to hereditary and food related. You have a high risk of coronary artery disease as you have a positive family history and high cholesterol.

  • Do regular exercises with 30 minutes brisk walking a day for five days a week.
  • Avoid meat. You can take egg white and increase the intake of fish.
  • I suggest tablet Atocor 10 mg (Atorvastatin) daily at bedtime for three months and repeat lipid profile. Do a baseline LFT (liver function tests) before starting Atorvastatin.

If you have any severe muscle pain report to a physician. It is a rare side effect theoretically. Consult your doctor, discuss with him or her and take the medicine with consent.

For further information consult a general medicine physician online -->

Was this answer helpful?


Related Questions:
Reports suggest high cholesterol levels. What medicines do you suggest?
I have been having chest pain and palpitations. Can it be coronary artery disease?
Taking Pantoprazole for high cholesterol. Can forearm tingling be signs of heart attack?

This is a sponsored Ad. icliniq or icliniq doctors do not endorse the content in the Ad.

Consult by PhoneConsult by Phone Video ChatVideo Chat
Also Read Answers From:

Comprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Related Questions & Answers

Is my headache a side effect of any medicine?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a CAD patient for the past 10 years with 50% blockage. I have uploaded the image for your reference. I am taking Prolomet XL 50, Monit SR 30, Deplatt A 75, Lipicard 160 and Amixide H. I am suffering from headache since one year. My neurologist prescribed me Tryptomer 10 at first and ...  Read Full »

Atherosclerosis: The Silent Killer

Article Overview: Atherosclerosis is a coronary artery disease that is statistically the No. 1 killer. It is a silent disease, causing us no symptoms, and when it does, it can be life-threatening. Read this article to know how you can prevent this deadly disease. Read Article

Dr. Vasantha K S

What Does the Word Atherosclerosis Mean? The word 'athero' means paste and 'stenosis' means to harden. So, atherosclerosis is the hardening of deposits formed inside the blood vessels, gradually building up to obstruct the blood flow in the vessel, and eventually, restricting the blood flow complet...  Read Article

Can T-wave inversion result from radiation therapy?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient is a 65 year old, hypertensive and diabetic female with T-wave inversion V1 to V6 on ECG. ECHO and TMT have done to evaluate further, which was reported to be normal. The patient is on Metformin XR and Tazloc-H. The patient is asymptomatic. Six months back, ECG did not show t...  Read Full »

Also Read

COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 testing includes analyzing patient samples to determine current or past infections with SARS-CoV-2. Read the ar...  Read more»
I feel a restlessness in my legs, which decreases my sleep quality. How to get a refreshing sleep?
Hello doctor, I cannot get refreshing sleep some days in a week, and some days it is good. I also have difficulty sleep...  Read more»
I have redness in my eyes. How to stop it from getting redder?
Hello doctor,I am a 16-year-old boy. I have a problem with my eyes, and I had this problem for a very long time. I do no...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a General Medicine Physician Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: All health Q&As published on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek the advice from your physician or other qualified health-care providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.