Cholesterol Tablets (Statins)
Test your cholesterol or order a repeat prescription of your statins with our easy to use and fast online service.
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To order a treatment, fill in a brief medical questionnaire. A doctor will review your order and prescribe treatment if it’s right for you. For test kits, you can just place an order. Once you’ve sent your sample to our UK-accredited partner laboratory, results and advice from our doctors will be ready in 2 to 3 days. How to Order
If you need a repeat prescription of your cholesterol tablets or you want to test your current cholesterol levels, our doctors will help you via our discreet and quick online service.
There is more information on high cholesterol, what causes it, and how to treat it on this page. If you have further questions, you can message one of our doctors for free via your online account.
Why choose us?
- A doctor reviews your current prescription to make sure it is safe to continue the treatment
- Our packages are discreet and you do not need to leave your home
- Collect your treatment from your local Asda pharmacy or have it delivered to your door
- You can message our doctors for advice via your online account at any time
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About cholesterol level tests and treatments
What causes high cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty, waxy substance made by the liver. We need it to help our cells to work properly and our body to produce Vitamin D, hormones, and bile. But, a form of cholesterol known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) can be harmful if you have too much of it in your blood. It can block your blood vessels and make you more likely to have heart problems or a stroke. This type of cholesterol is known as ‘bad’ cholesterol.
High cholesterol refers to having high levels of bad cholesterol. This is often caused by eating fatty food, not exercising enough, being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol. It can also run in families. Studies estimate that up to 6 in 10 adults in the UK have high cholesterol, with many people unaware that they have it.
High cholesterol risk factors
There are a number of factors that increase your chance of having high cholesterol.
Your lifestyle: if you smoke or drink too much, have too much saturated fat in your diet, or do not take enough exercise.
Your genes: if you inherit a condition called familial hypercholesterolaemia.
Your health: if you are overweight, have type 2 diabetes, have an underactive thyroid, liver or kidney disease, or are taking certain medications.
Your age, gender, and family background: if you are older, male, from a South Asian background, or have a family history of high cholesterol.
To find out if you have high cholesterol you have to take a test which we can supply for you. You send a finger-prick sample of blood to our lab through the post and will receive the results through your patient account in 2 to 3 days.
There are different tests available. They can measure:
- the total amount of cholesterol in your blood, including both good and bad cholesterol (a healthy level is 5 or below)
- good cholesterol called HDL (a healthy level is 1 or above)
- bad cholesterol called LDL and non-HDL (a healthy level is 3 or below for LDL and 4 or below for non-HDL)
- triglycerides which is a fatty substance similar to bad cholesterol (a healthy level is 2.3 or below)
There are no typical symptoms of high cholesterol and it can often be diagnosed after you have a serious incident, like a heart attack or stroke. The best way to check if you have high cholesterol is to get a test. It is recommended all adults get tested and the test is included in the free NHS over 40 health check.
You can only be diagnosed with high cholesterol following a blood test that has been reviewed by a doctor. Blood can be taken using a needle in your arm which is then sent away to a lab. Our cholesterol test is a finger prick blood test which you can do at home. You collect a small amount of blood from a finger into a small vial. This is then sent to a lab to be tested.
It is recommended that all adults are tested, especially those over 40 with any of the risk factors.
You can treat high cholesterol through lifestyle changes such as eating healthily, getting more exercise, stopping smoking, and reducing your alcohol intake.
If these changes do not work, your doctor may recommend that you take tablets to reduce your cholesterol. These are known as statins. Our service can provide a repeat prescription of statins, but we cannot provide the initial prescription.
The different types of statins available in the UK are:
- atorvastatin (Lipitor)
- fluvastatin (Lescol)
- pravastatin (Lipostat)
- rosuvastatin (Crestor)
- simvastatin (Zocor)
If statins do not work, there are other tablets (such as ezetimibe, fibrates, and bile acid sequestrants) or injections (such as alirocumab and evolocumab) that your doctor may prescribe.
Although many people who take statins will have no or very few side effects, these tablets can cause side effects. These vary from person to person and in severity.
If you suffer side effects while taking statins, talk to your doctor. You may be able to change the dosage or switch medication.
One common side effect of statins which you need to be aware of is muscle pain. If you get unusual muscle pain, talk to your doctor right away. It can sometimes indicate a serious condition called rhabdomyolysis which needs to be treated urgently.
Other common side effects include:
- muscle weakness or tiredness
- nausea (feeling sick)
- diarrhoea, wind, constipation, or indigestion
- sore throat
- nosebleeds, nasal congestion, or a runny nose
- increased risk of diabetes
The patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medication provides a comprehensive list of potential side effects. You can find the PIL for your medication online if you have lost it.
You should not take cholesterol tablets if you:
- have severe liver disease or there is any suggestion that your liver is not working properly
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
Certain types of medication can interact with statins and make them less effective. You must tell your doctor if you are taking any other medication, including herbal supplements.
Medications specifically known to interact with statins include:
- antibiotics, antifungal, and HIV medications
- immunosuppressant drugs
- fibrates (which can also be used to treat high cholesterol)
- drugs to treat cardiovascular problems and irregular heartbeat
Alcohol can increase the risk of rhabdomyolysis (a condition that leads to the destruction of muscle cells), which can be a side effect of taking statins. It is therefore recommended that people taking statins do not drink large amounts of alcohol.
Yes, there is no interaction between Vitamin D and statins. We need cholesterol in our skin to help us make Vitamin D from sunlight. Even though statins lowers cholesterol, your body has enough cholesterol in your skin to make Vitamin D. It is important to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D regardless of whether you are taking statins or not.
It is recommended to avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit while taking statins. This is because the interaction between grapefruit juice and the statins can cause an increase in the level of statins in your blood, which can be dangerous.
Dr Kathryn Basford
Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.Meet our doctors
Article created: 01 Sep 2021
Last reviewed: 01 Sep 2021