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Doctor insights on: Cholesterol Fighter Medication

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Should I be concerned about taking cholesterol medication?

Should I be concerned about taking cholesterol medication?

Yes: You should be concerned about the fact that your cholesterol is abnormal enough to warrant medication. Most of the treatments are well tolerated; however if you were to modify your diet and possibly your weight you most likely would not need the medication in the first place. Check with your doctor to discuss. ...Read more

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Are there any downsides to taking cholesterol medication for life?

Are there any downsides to taking cholesterol medication for life?

Every medication: Has side effects. But your doctor has determined that your medication's benefits outweigh its risks. Statins are generally tolerated without complication by most patients. ...Read more

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What is in grapefruit that can react with medication (cholesterol)?

What is in grapefruit that can react with medication (cholesterol)?

Inhibits breakdown: Grapefruit juice contains molecules that compete with certain liver enzymes called cytochromes important in breaking down some cholesterol medicines. So grapefruit juice can cause certain statin medicine levels to build up too high in the body. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is in grapefruit that makes react with medication (cholesterol)?

Furanocoumarins: We only got this sorted out in 2006 after knowing about the effect for over a decade. There's a strain of grapefruit that is free of these that you can probably get nowadays. ...Read more

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Can exercise and diet treat borderline cholesterol levels for a 42 yr male without medication?

Can exercise and diet treat borderline cholesterol levels for a 42 yr male without medication?

Yes: Exercise and diet is the best start anyone can attempt. May not be the end but great start. ...Read more

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My cholesterol is quite high how can I manage to make it low if im not taking any medications?

My cholesterol is quite high how can I manage to make it low if im not taking any medications?

Need evaluation: How high is your cholesterol? How much do you weigh? Do you have diabetes or thyroid disease? You could control cholesterol through diet and exercise, but it would be prudent to consult your doctor for a fuller evaluation of your health status. ...Read more

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How long are cholesterol levels affected by cholesterol controlling medication after you stop taking it?

How long are cholesterol levels affected by cholesterol controlling medication after you stop taking it?

Lipids: The rebound of cholesterol level after stopping meds will vary depending on diet and exercise and other factors, can't make uniform prediction. ...Read more

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I ann 56 years old male. I am having high bp150/95 & cholesterol 225.What should I do too reduce these, I am on medication for bponly.

I ann 56 years old male. I am having high bp150/95 & cholesterol 225.What should I do too reduce these, I am on medication for bponly.

Diet change: Less red meat, more vegetables. No added salt. Portion size is extremely important. If you write down what you eat during the day, you can chose one or two things to cut out each day. Weight watchers is a great approach. ...Read more

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Is it mandatory for a diabetic to be on cholesterol medication?

No: That's a very unfortunate myth. A majority of maturity-onset diabetics probably benefit from cholesterol-lowering agents, but diabetics are a diverse group and there's no one-size-fits-all Rx. ...Read more

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How to lower cholesterol naturally vs medications?

How to lower cholesterol naturally vs medications?

Discuss with your dr: Try nutritional approaches. Consider eating oatmeal, bran, apples, oranges, pears, bananas, grapefruit, hazelnuts, avocado, brewer's yeast, royal jelly, saffron, tumeric, honey (buckwheat), alfalfa sprouts, celery, beets, eggplant, garlic, onion, chili peppers, legumes, dandelion root & jerusalem artichoke. Avoid deep fried foods & whole eggs. ...Read more

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How quickly can you lower cholesterol with medications?

3 months: With appropriate treatment and good life style modification you can start to see results in the 3 months period. ...Read more

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What are general side effects for cholesterol medications?

What are general side effects for cholesterol medications?

Liver & muscles.: There's a >30% chance that cholesterol medications will given you achiness in the larger muscle bellies and a ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could I lower my cholesterol without medication?

Can you tell me how could I lower my cholesterol without medication?

Diet: Exercise and weight loss. Medications if unsuccessful depending on your risk factors. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to reduce cholesterol levels without resorting to medication?

Cholesterol: AT LEAST five portions, or ideally 7-9 portions, of a variety of fruit and vegetables per day. A THIRD OF MOST MEALS should be starch-based foods (such as cereals, wholegrain bread, potatoes, rice, pasta), plus fruit and vegetables. INCLUDE 2-3 portions of fish per week. If you eat red meat, it is best to EAT LEAN RED MEAT, or eat poultry such as chicken. ...Read more

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My bad cholesterol is 240 but good cholesterol is 89. Do I need to be on cholesterol medication?

My bad cholesterol is 240 but good cholesterol is 89. Do I need to be on cholesterol medication?

Only your doctor: Can answer your question. It depends on your risk factors for heart disease. There are other ways to reduce your risk, too, like low-saturated-fat diet, exercise, quitting smoking if you smoke, and losing weight if you're overweight. If your LDL is high your doctor may recommend medication as well. ...Read more

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I got prescribed Zuvamor but Dischem sais plan does not cover. Smart Plan should cover some chronic cholesterol medication?

I got prescribed Zuvamor but Dischem sais plan does not cover. Smart Plan should cover some chronic cholesterol medication?

You have asked this: On the general health education portion of Health Tap. Many of the doctors are in the United States. It would be best to contact your medical plan company directly to determine what and what is not covered. Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Noticed in mar '13 (age 42) my serm cholesterol was 266mg/dl. Now in feb'14 its 250mg/dl. I'm not on any medication. What exercise can reduce it?

Noticed in mar '13 (age 42) my serm cholesterol was 266mg/dl. Now in feb'14 its 250mg/dl. I'm not on any medication. What exercise can reduce it?

Total cholesterol: Is not as meaningful as ldl, or bad, cholesterol, and vldl, or second bad, cholesterol and hdl, or good, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels too. You need to follow all of these numbers, not just total cholesterol. Ask your doctor for specific advice. Also, your heartburn could be angina, so you really need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Which medication for high cholesterol is most effective?

Which medication for high cholesterol is most effective?

Lipids: The most prevalent medicines are the statin family. They are very successful. 'best medicine' varies by individual. ...Read more

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What are ways to treat high cholesterol without using any medication?

Lipids: diet and exercise are the first step - if unsuccessful then medications. ...Read more

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Do we have a procedure for reducing bad cholesterol? Surgical or medications?

Do we have a procedure for reducing bad cholesterol? Surgical or medications?

Medications: Diet, weight loss, and exercise can improve cholesterol levels. Medications are usually effective. There is no surgical procedure for high cholesterol. For severe forms of high cholesterol, specialized filtration is available. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are alternatives to medication for reducing high cholesterol?

Can you tell me if there are alternatives to medication for reducing high cholesterol?

Yes: Try nutritional approaches. Consider eating avocado, brewer's yeast, royal jelly, saffron, tumeric, honey (buckwheat), alfalfa sprouts, celery, beets, eggplant galic, onition, chili peppers, legumes, dandelion root & jerusalem artichoke. ...Read more

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If you have high cholesterol does it mean you have to take cholesterol medication daily?

It depends.: If you are otherwise healthy, high cholesterol can be controlled with lifestyle changes alone, such as weight loss and exercise. However, if you have other diseases in addition to high cholesterol, such as diabetes or coronary artery disease, your doctor may recommend starting medication. Each patient is different, and should discuss their options with their doctor. ...Read more

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Should I have medication when my cholesterol is Hdl 90 LDL 102 Total choles 217 Trigliceric 235 Thanks?

Should I have medication when my cholesterol is Hdl 90 LDL 102 Total choles 217 Trigliceric 235 Thanks?

Talk to your doc: You need to discuss with your doctor re. The risks and benefit from taking cholesterol-lowering drugs. I am amazed at how high your HDL is (which is a good thing). There are benefits and potential adverse effects from taking statins and thus whether a cholesterol-lowing drug should be taken may depend on other risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, family history etc. ...Read more

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I am only 42 years old. I have no energy. I am on no medications except for cholesterol. I have no problemsother than that. What should I do?

I am only 42 years old. I have no energy. I am on no medications except for cholesterol. I have no problemsother than that. What should I do?

Possible depression: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion or suggestion wityout taking a detailed history, examining you, looking at your labs etc. However what you describe suggests depression. Please consult your doctor as there are effective treatments, if it turns out be depression. Even though you have "no energy" regular aerobic exercise, as tolerated, will do a world of good. ...Read more