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Can lipid lowering drug be stopped if the cholesterol level becomes normal?

Q: If one is prescribed Atorvastatin to control blood cholesterol can it be stopped if the cholesterol level drops within the safe limits?

A:I would recommend the targets to achieve are: 1. Blood cholesterol of less than 150 2. LDL <100 3. TG <150 4. HDL >40 in men and >50 in women If you achieve this, then one can stop the lipid-lowering drug and follow the lifestyle methods to keep the cholesterol level low, including diet and exercise modifications, and no alcohol or smoking.

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