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what medications other than crestor (rosuvastatin) are available for lowering blood lipids?

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Dr. Liviu Klein
Cardiology 23 years experience
Several: Several statins are available: lipitir, zocor, (simvastatin) pravachol, lescol. Most are generics, but Crestor is the most potent of all. Statins mainly lower LDL (bad cholesterol). For triglycerides, one can take fibrates such as Fenofibrate (3-4 different brand names), Gemfibrozil or omega three fatty acids (omacor, lovazaa).
Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Many types available: Crestor (rosuvastatin) is a "statin" medication, usually the class that is first choice in patients that need cholesterol lowering. There are 7 different statins available in the us, several generic now. In addition other classes of lipid altering agents can help when statins are not enough or not tolerated. Bile acid sequestrants, niacin, fibrates and ezetimibe (blocks cholesterol absorption). See a doctor.

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