Lowers LDL cholesterol by interfering with cholesterol production. These drugs have been shown to stabilize plaque and help prevent the progression of coronary artery disease, thus reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Names of medicines in this group:

Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
Simvastatin (Zocor)
Rosuvastatin (Crestor)
Pravastatin (Prevachol)

Side effects include muscle aches, elevation of liver enzymes, photosensitivity.