Heart & Blood Conditions

Expert reports about Heart & Blood Conditions


THE SAFETY OF STATINS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

THIS MEDICATION CAN CAUSE HARM TO YOUR BABY: Statins should be avoided in women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. They also should not be used in women who are breastfeeding.

 

What are statins?

Statins are medications that reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood. They also lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart disease. Types of statins that are available include: atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Altoprev), rosuvastatin (Crestor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor), fluvastatin (Lescol), and pitavastatin (Livalo). These medications are only available by prescription from your doctor.


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