Which Over the Counter Medications Can Help Your Cholesterol?

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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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. Unlike a cough or cold, high cholesterol is not a condition that you can physically feel, and your doctor must perform blood work to determine if you have it.

So how and why would you take a non-prescription med for high cholesterol?

First, it’s important to know what causes high cholesterol and what you can and cannot change if you’re diagnosed. High cholesterol can be a result of several factors, including poor lifestyle choices and genetics. Family history or genetics cannot be changed, but poor lifestyle choices can be!

If you are diagnosed with high cholesterol, depending on how severe it is, your doctor may start you out with lifestyle changes and OTC treatments.

Some lifestyle changes that can be helpful include:

And some of the OTC medications that may help:

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