High Cholesterol

What is High Cholesterol?

There are two different types of cholesterol - LDL or "bad" cholesterol, and HDL or "good" cholesterol. Having too much LDL cholesterol can result in clogged arteries which increases the chance for heart attack and stroke.

Treatments for high cholesterol includes increasing physical activity, a change in diet, and taking medications. Common drug classes used to treat high cholesterol are bile acid sequestrants, calcium channel blocker / statin combinations, cholesterol absorption inhibitor / statin combinations, cholesterol absorption inhibitors, fibrates, MTP inhibitors, nicotinic acids, omega-3 fatty acids, statin / nicotinic acid combinations, statins, and ApoB inhibitors.

Savings Tips for High Cholesterol

  • Heart Patients More Likely to Skip Pills If They Look Different

    July 22, 2014

    Generic drugs are crucial to the treatment of heart disease. Generics save lives in our heart patients, ranging from blood pressure meds and blood thinners to anti-arrhythmic drugs. They are cheap and well tolerated. Why is it, then, that so many patients stop taking them? One half of patients with heart disease don’t take their meds even in the year after a heart attack. Turns out, the way they look matters. See More

  • Why Are Tricor and Trilipix So Expensive?

    May 20, 2014

    They shouldn’t be, and it’s sneaky. Read on.

    As you know, when a branded medication loses patent protection it will face generic competition, and generics are much cheaper. A drug company can change its brand name drug to a slightly different dosage which allows it to extend its patent. It’s legal, but you will see how crazy it is.

    For those of you on Tricor, Trilipix or the generic fenofibrate you should know what has gone on. See More

  • Recall: Generic Lipitor (Atorvastatin)

    March 10, 2014

    Generic manufacturer Ranbaxy has issued a voluntary recall for two lots (about 64,000 bottles) of atorvastatin (generic Lipitor). The recall includes only the 10 mg tablet, 90-count bottle.

    The recall was initiated because a pharmacist found a 20 mg atorvastatin tablet in a sealed bottle of 10 mg tablets.

    The lots being recalled are 2407255 and 2407256, with NDC 63304-827-90. The manufacturer/labeler is Ranbaxy, and the expiration of the recalled tablets is 5/14. See More

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Popular High Cholesterol Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Lipitor
(atorvastatin)
Statins 16 See Prices
Zocor
(simvastatin)
Statins 8 See Prices
Pravachol
(pravastatin)
Statins 16 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

High Cholesterol Drug Classes

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