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All About Statins.
If you have been prescribed medication for a heart condition, it is important to know what you are taking, why you are taking it, how to take it and what effects it will have. There are a number of effective drugs to treat heart conditions and research has made great progress in recent years.
Why are there so many different medications?
Most drugs designed to treat heart disease belong to a few main types or categories. The drugs within each category are similar, but they may vary slightly in the way they work. Doctors have a wide variety of drugs to choose from and can select the one that best meets your needs. You may have the same condition as a friend or neighbour, but your doctor may prescribe different drugs because they’re better suited to you. Everyone reacts differently to each medicine.
The same drug may have several different names – each has an ‘official name’ (the generic name) but it may be prescribed under one or more trade names, or proprietary names – those given to it by its manufacturer. Occasionally, two drugs are combined in one tablet and will have a single trade name.