How much do statins lower triglycerides levels?

Updated: Jul 23, 2021
  • Author: Mary Ellen T Sweeney, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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High doses of a strong statin (simvastatin, atorvastatin, rosuvastatin) lower triglycerides, by as much as approximately 50%, and raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. [45] The greater the baseline level of triglycerides the greater the percent triglyceride reduction will be with statin treatment. [60] In addition to statins, 3 classes of medications are appropriate for the management of major triglyceride elevations: fibric acid derivatives, niacin, and omega-3 fatty acids. [45, 50, 60]


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