Most statins appear to work just as well taken with or without food. One statin, lovastatin, should definitely be taken with food. It is possible that taking some statins with food may lower the chance of side effects, but more study is needed.
Food can change the way a medicine works. When certain statins were tested, scientists found that taking statins with food lowered the amount of medicine that reaches the bloodstream. Statins do their work by lowering cholesterol in the liver before the medicine gets to the bloodstream. So, food doesn’t seem to stop the statin from lowering cholesterol. It is possible that taking statins with food might lower the risk of side effects.
Statins are different from each other. Talk to your doctor about the specific instructions for your statin.
Statins plus food is the right attitude!