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Cholesterol Drugs for People Over 75 (AMDA)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Drugs
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: AMDA
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 04/28/2014
Statins are drugs that lower your cholesterol. But if you are age 75 or older and you haven’t had symptoms of heart disease, statins may be a bad idea. There's no clear evidence that the drugs are useful for older people, and meanwhile they carry the risk of serious side effects.