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List of available medications for high cholesterol.
Cholesterol is found in your blood as a waxy-like substance. Your body requires cholesterol for healthy cell function, but too much cholesterol can pose serious risks for heart and blood vessel health. Those with high cholesterol, can develop fatty cholesterol deposits which build up in their blood vessels. Over time, these cholesterol deposits can continue to grow, making it more and more difficult for blood to flow through your arteries. This puts a strain on the heart as it has to work harder to pump blood. On occasion, those cholesterol deposits can suddenly break off as a mass and form a clot that travels through the blood vessels causing a heart attack or stroke.
A tendency toward high cholesterol can be inherited from family, but it’s more often the result of lifestyle choices including eating habits and exercise frequency, which make it preventable and treatable. High cholesterol is therefore treated with a healthy diet and regular exercise. There are also high cholesterol medications which can help reduce cholesterol levels that are prescribed to be taken along with lifestyle changes.
Statins are the most common medication for treating high cholesterol. Since the human body naturally produces cholesterol for cell function, statins work by reducing the function of your bodies natural cholesterol production. This allows cholesterol ingested through diet or already built-up in arteries to be used by your cells instead, decreasing the overall cholesterol in the blood stream. There are several statin medications available on the market:
- Advicor® (lovastatin / niacin extended-release)
- Altoprev® (lovastatin extended-release)
- Caduet® (amlodipine and atorvastatin)
- Crestor® (rosuvastatin)
- Juvisync® (simvastatin / sitagliptin)
- Lescol® (fluvastatin)
- Lescol XL (fluvastatin extended-release)
- Lipitor® (atorvastatin)
- Liptruzet™ (atorvastatin / ezetimibe)
- Livalo® (pitavastatin)
- Mevacor® (lovastatin)
- Pravachol® (pravastatin)
- Simcor® (simvastatin / niacin extended-release)
- Vytorin® (simvastatin / ezetimibe)
- Zocor® (simvastatin)
Recently approved by the FDA for treating high cholesterol, PCSK9 inhibitors are an injected medication which work with the liver to filter LDL cholesterol (the bad form of cholesterol) out of the blood stream. These medications are often prescribed in addition to Statins so they can work together in reducing overall cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. PCSK9 inhibitors when taken together with Statins have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol up to 75%.
Click on the links in the high cholesterol medications list above to see more information about the high cholesterol medication such as its warnings, side effects, interactions, and storage instructions.
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