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
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October 01, 2015
The best treatment in diseases such as atherosclerosis, or coronary artery disease, is prevention. Lifestyle changes like exercise, quitting smoking and changing your diet are an important place to start, but sometimes you just need more help.
Drugs like the statin medications work well to lower cholesterol but may come with some side effects. I am often asked by patients: what natural remedies really work to lower cholesterol?
There are some options out there, but before I show you some promising and well-studied plants that may help lower cholesterol, please remember a few things: these are unregulated and may carry issues of toxicity. See More
August 31, 2015
In July 2015, Praluent (alirocumab) was approved by the FDA as the first drug in a new class known as PCSK9 inhibitors. It was joined by Repatha (evolocumab), which received approval on August 27, 2015. These new injectable medications are the first approvals in a long time that may be as effective as statins—or better—at lowering cholesterol.
For now, Praluent is only approved for use in two types of people with high cholesterol. See More
July 30, 2015
Update August 2015: Praluent (alirocumab) and Repatha (evolocumab) have both been approved by the FDA. See more information here.
If you have high cholesterol you likely take a statin medication (atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), Crestor) to help you manage it. Statins have been the mainstay of treatment for high cholesterol since their initial approval in the late 1980s—and recent data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) shows that approximately 22% of Americans 45 years of age and older now take a statin. See More
Popular High Cholesterol Drugs
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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.