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

  • 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

  • Why Don’t Patients Take Their Meds?

    January 28, 2014

    Patients not taking their medications properly, noncompliance, is a complex issue with huge repercussions. For more information on the effects, see my previous post, The Epidemic of Noncompliance.

    Reasons for not taking medications vary from patient to patient but the pattern for years has been that folks who are the most noncompliant are those who need their meds the most. This includes those with chronic conditions who need to take a medication their whole life, and those in the first 6 months of their treatment. See More

  • The Epidemic of Noncompliance: Why People Should Take Their Meds

    January 27, 2014

    Help physicians understand why patients, particularly with chronic conditions, don’t take their medications as prescribed. We know from surveys of doctors from coast to coast that we all feel frustrated by it, and ⅓ of doctors say it affects their ability to provide optimal care. Why should you take your medications? As our former Surgeon General once said: “Drugs don’t work in people who don’t take them. See More

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Popular High Cholesterol Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Zocor
(simvastatin)
Statins 8 See Prices
Lipitor
(atorvastatin)
Statins 15 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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