Cholesterol medications names

cholesterol medications names

Non - Statin Cholesterol Lowering Drugs

You are at a point where your cholesterol level exceeds the standards set by your life or health insurance company (higher premiums or outright denial of coverage) or perhaps your potential employer refuses to hire you for the same reasons.

You have already tried statins with unacceptable side effects. You already know the entire country has been led astray by the misguided war on cholesterol but they don't hear you.

I can talk on this subject with complete confidence for I have twenty years of practice behind me. During this entire time I was a thoroughly trained cholesterol warrior, writing out prescriptions by the thousands for whatever of the cholesterol-busting drugs were then available to us. The statin drugs had not yet arrived and our weapons had their problems. Yet, when they are all you have, you do the best you can. Both doctors and patients accepted troublesome side effects from these drugs but at least they weren't permanent or lethal.

Bile Acid Sequestrants: Drugs like cholestyramine (Questran) or colestipol (Colestid) bind with bile acids in

the intestines so that the acids are removed with the stool. Bile acids are made from cholesterol in the liver. Bile acid sequestrants interrupt this pathway, causing the bile acids to exit the body. This causes a loss of cholesterol as well, so your blood cholesterol comes down. Bile acid sequestrants generally come as tablets or as a powdered resin that you mix with liquids or foods. These drugs may cause bloating, heartburn, constipation, and abdominal pain, and may increase triglycerides, particularly if levels are already high. If you already have a high serum triglyceride level you might want to consider fibrates.

Fibrates: Fibric acid derivatives, or fibrates, affect the actions of key enzymes in the liver, enabling the liver to absorb more fatty acids, thus reducing production of triglycerides. These drugs also work well at increasing production of HDL. Although they can also lower LDL levels, they're not considered first-line treatments for high LDL or total cholesterol. Overall, they tend to lower LDL levels between 10 and 15 percent and tend to increase HDL levels. Atromid-S, Lopid, and Tricor are the major brand names. Side effects are relatively few.

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