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    Medications and exercise
    jsstanfill posted:
    My husband was told to cut back on his cholesterol to every other day because it was affecting his muscles. He works out 3 days a week. Should he take the meds on days he does or does not work out?
    bobby75703 responded:
    Taking a pill every other day is a method for cutting the dosage in half in hopes of making the drug tolerable, yet allow the patient to continue with the drug.

    Muscle weakness is perhaps the most common complaint with cholesterol lowering drugs.

    Cholesterol actually plays an important role in the structural integrity and fluidity of muscle cell membranes. We actually need cholesterol for good muscle health.
    iride6606 responded:
    So here's an answer to your question that will be helpful, your husband's doctor who is knowledgeable about his overall health and medical history has lowered his dosage and that's the advice you should follow. It really makes no difference which days he takes his meds, it doesn't change the process which is based on the half-life of the drug. For instance, Lipitor has a half-life of 14 hours which means the amount in his system will be halved in 14 hours. The remaining half will be halved again in the next 14 hours and so on and so on. As long as he takes it every other day it just doesn't matter, his serum load will be pretty consistent.

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