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Green Tea and Statins

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Can I take cholesterol-lowering statin medication with green tea?

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Modest daily intake of green tea is not problematic for most people taking statins, but certain individuals may be more sensitive than others and certain statins may be more affected, as described in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Green Tea Review. 

Green tea itself can help lower bad "LDL" cholesterol but, if you are on a statin, it may be best to limit green tea intake one cup per day, take your statin at a different time of day than green tea, and eliminate green tea altogether if you experience statin-related muscle pain.

For information about other potential interactions, see the Encyclopedia article about Statin Drugs article, which is part of the extensive Drug Interactions section of our website (where you can look up interaction for other drugs you may be taking).

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