It has been standard practice to prescribe statins at higher dosages in order to reach a patients goal cholesterol level faster.
This isn't efficient for several reasons. First, side effects of statins are directly related to the level of dosage. Second, increasing the dosage of statins is generally inefficient, with a doubling of the dosage level only increasing the LDLc reducing effect by another 7%.
The best approach found thus far has been to use low dosages of statins alongside ezetimibe.
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