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

  • New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Now Approved

    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

  • New Cholesterol Medications Coming Soon

    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

  • 8 Reasons to Get a Standing Desk

    April 16, 2015

    Sitting is bad, you knew that—but recent studies have confirmed that prolonged sitting is a risk factor for chronic disease. This includes heart disease, which cost the US almost $109 billion in 2010 alone according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including medications and other health care.

    What has also been revealed is that physical activity outside of work doesn’t take away all the ill effects of sitting. 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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