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Cholesterol medications lower your cholesterol if it's too high—but they don't cure the condition. You need to keep taking them so that your cholesterol remains in the healthy range.
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Medications for Coronary Artery Disease
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Lower Your Cholesterol
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When You’re Taking Heart Medications
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