Ask the doctor: Do I really need a statin, and which kind should I take?
Q. I'm 71 and have no sign of heart disease, but my doctor thinks I should take a generic statin drug. Will I really benefit from a statin, and is a generic as good as the brand-name drug?
A. I can understand why you ask. You're probably thinking, like the old adage says: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" While I can't comment on your particular case, I can tell you why I advise a lot of patients in their 70s and without signs of heart disease to take a statin.