This, in turn, depletes cholesterol in your liver, which causes your liver to remove cholesterol
that's circulating in your blood
. Statins are effective in lowering cholesterol, but there can be side effects, including, in rare cases, serious muscle damage.
Here to talk about cholesterol-lowering drugs is Mayo Clinic cardiologist, Dr. Gerald Gau. Dr. Gau is a consultant in the division of cardiology and vascular medicine at Mayo Clinic.