But McCain was taking Vytorin until earlier this year, when the Vytorin controversy erupted. And it worked. His cholesterol level was high in 2003, with a total of 226, LDL of 139 and HDL of 35. After Vytorin, the LDL dropped to the low 80s, but he was taken off the med after the results of the controversial Enhance trial were disclosed.
Instead, he was given simvastatin, or generic Zocor, which didn't reduce his cholesterol by as much but was deemed “acceptable," according to a press briefing. In fact, his LDL is up to 123.
Thanks to Shearings Got Plowed for the visual