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

  • 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

  • Kids on Statins: Unethical or Sensible?

    April 09, 2015

    Two very different sets of guidelines exist for when to use cholesterol lowering medications in children transitioning into adulthood. Should those aged 17 – 21 with high cholesterol be on a cholesterol-lowering drug—a statin drug? How and when to treat those younger than 40, and especially those folks 17 – 21, is not nearly as well studied as in older folks, so guidelines are based on expert recommendations from limited data in this age group. See More

  • Which Over the Counter Medications Can Help Your Cholesterol?

    March 19, 2015

    When you think of conditions where an over-the-counter medication will help, lowering your cholesterol may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Most people think of OTC medications for minor problems like cough and cold, allergies, upset stomach, and mild aches and pains.

    It may seem strange that there are medications available over the counter for high cholesterol—a problem that you may not even know you have. 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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