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

  • Generic vs Brand: How Do Cholesterol Meds Measure Up?

    December 04, 2014

    People are more likely to take their cholesterol medication when it costs less. While this may seem obvious to you, the medical community had to study this question and publish results in the Annals of Internal Medicine where it made news. Generic medications are cheaper than brand names so not only are you more likely to take your cholesterol medication/statin if it’s generic, but you will do better overall. See More

  • What’s the Deal With Zetia (Ezetimibe): A Good Alternative to Statins for Preventing Heart Attack and Stroke?

    November 25, 2014

    When I read criticisms of doctors prescribing expensive medications that might not benefit patients at all, I think of Zetia (ezetimibe) as the poster child. News came out last week after the IMPROVE-IT trial that seemed to pump it up, but what we learned from this large trial may surprise you and let you down at the same time.

    1. Billions and billions of dollars have already been spent on Zetia—despite not knowing whether it has any benefit to you other than lowering LDL cholesterol a little bit.
    2.  See More
  • 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

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Popular High Cholesterol Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Lipitor
(atorvastatin)
Statins 13 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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