How Long Do Statins Stay In Your System?


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• Most statins have a half-life of around two to three hours, however the most widely used statin, atorvastatin, can stay in your system for anything up to 20 hours. As with all drugs in depends on quite a few factors, such as weight, height, body mass and metabolism. It is also, of course, dependent on the dosage that you have been prescribed by your doctor or practitioner.

• Statins are used in medicine to reduce the amount of cholesterol in your body. There are several different forms of statin, but they all generally work in the same manner. They target the 'bad' cholesterol in your body reducing it down to a more manageable level. Although cholesterol is a crucial element within your system, a high level of the substance is unhealthy. The waxy steroid of fat is produced by the liver or intestines and is essential in the production of cell membrane and hormones.

• However, if the level of 'bad' cholesterol in your plasma becomes too high it can cause a build up of xanthomas or 'fatty deposits' in the arteries. This, in turn, increases the chance of heart disease, such as strokes, angina and heart attacks.

• The human body continually makes cholesterol. If you have been prescribed statins, but cease to self-medicate it is probable that your level of cholesterol will rise again. To combat this you should take your medication on a daily basis as prescribed.

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