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Should cholesterol medication be taken for a prolonged period?

I had a carotid neck a Doppler test and my doctor said I need to take a cholesterol medication. I don t wish to take a medication because I went to Japan and lived on Fish and green tea. When I came back I had to take some blood work and my cholesterol was lowered by 50 points. My Doppler test came back less than 50% stenosis. I thought when you take cholesterol medication you have to take it for a long time is that true? I have a good ratio for my cholesterol results my LDL is lower then low. I guess I m asking for your opinion
Fri, 1 Jun 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Yes, you should take it if there are blockages in your carotid arteries. Because, it's function is not just cholesterol lowering but has multiple other benefits and it's will prevent the blockage expansion. You may take it for any time you want, once you stop it cholesterol will again start rising to its baseline value. But if one has blockages then advisable to take lifelong.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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