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I have very high cholesterol. Meds cause pain in all my muscles. I watch my diet and exercise? What else can I do. I also use coq10.

I have very high cholesterol. Meds cause pain in all my muscles. I watch my diet and exercise? What else can I do. I also use coq10.

Find lipid MD: A lipid specialist should be able to help with this problem. Sometimes statins can be started at very low doses and increased very slowly. There are other less effective medications that can be tried. Finally, a lipid specialist may have access to research trial for new medication which may help. Usually medical schools can steer you in the right direction (try vanderbilt in tn). ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Mays
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Hypercholesterolemia (Definition)

↑ed cholesterol (in blood); a specific fat molecule made by every animal cell on planet, part of every animal cell membrane, enables membrane flexibility, cells to change shape, animals to move. Look it up ("cholesterol molecule" works best) on Google & images. Additionally, for most people Hi-Chol foods ↓es measured LDL particles while ↓Chol foods ↑LDL; driving ...Read more


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Do you need to see a doctor to get a penile pump? Impotent after prostrate surgery and having to use high cholesterol meds.

Do you need to see a doctor to get a penile pump? Impotent after prostrate surgery and having to use high cholesterol meds.

CoQ 10: Some cholesterol meds increase the need for enzyme COQ 10. Low Co Q10 has been related to erectile dysfunction. Before getting a penile pump, please discuss the above with your doctor. THanks and good luck ...Read more

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I'm 68 years old, diabetic, hypertensive with high cholesterol on medication for all if them. I was prescribed espiride for mild depression. Is thus a safe drug and will it work for me.

I'm 68 years old, diabetic, hypertensive with high cholesterol on medication for all if them. I was prescribed espiride for mild depression. Is thus a safe drug and will it work for me.

Short term: Espiride is OK to use for the short term, not the long run. It can cause weight gain, which won't be good for your Daibetes, cholesterol, or hypertension. There are other medication for the long term treatment of depression. ...Read more

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Which statin drug is best for high cholesterol?

Which statin drug is best for high cholesterol?

Statin: In general the one you can afford. Rosuvastatin is the most potent milligram for milligram but they all work. You need diet and exercise also, and don't smoke. ...Read more

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Need info on diabetes and relationship to high cholesterol. Can one drug treat both?

Need info on diabetes and relationship to high cholesterol. Can one drug treat both?

Yes: Most diabetics tend to have high cholesterol. When one has diabetes the risks of a heart attack increases because of its association to increased level of cholesterol.

There is a new drug called welchol (colesevelam). It has lipid lowering effect and also helsp in lowering bs. It is not the first line of drug choice. If your diabetes is not that bad and your cholesterol is elevated welchol (colesevelam) may certainly. ...Read more

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Have high cholesterol, scared to take statins due to diabetes risk in women from drug, is this a real risk, is there a safer way to lower, like sterols?

Have high cholesterol, scared to take statins due to diabetes risk in women from drug, is this a real risk, is there a safer way to lower, like sterols?

Need more info: How high is your cholesterol? What other risk factors, if any, do you have? How likely are you be compliant with a rigorous dietary regimen? It would be prudent to consult your doctor and may be a nutritionist to see if diet and exercise would work for you.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Do they have prescription drug for children with high cholesterol, level 182, a girl?

Do they have prescription drug for children with high cholesterol, level 182, a girl?

Yes, but...: 182 for total cholesterol is not horrible; first thing to try is diet and exercise. Meeting with a dietitian is often helpful. Only if the level was higher and not responding to lifestyle changes would I start cholesterol lowering drugs in children. ...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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What are the side effects of high cholesterol medications?

Depends upon med...: Statins are the most commonly prescribed cholesterol lowering medication. One well know side effect is muscle aches. There used to be greater concern for liver issues but the fda recently announced that regular monitoring was no longer required. On the other hand, the fda also acknowledged that there was evidence linking statins to increase blood sugars as well as memory concerns. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with high cholesterol, when do you have to start taking medication?

Diagnosed with high cholesterol, when do you have to start taking medication?

Cholesterol: When your risk factors are multiple and the cholesterol is more than a little elevated. ...Read more

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High cholesterol, when do you have to start taking medication (at what level)?

Depends on risk: Physicians generally decide to treat patients based on the LDL level. Individual risk factors help a provider determine what this number should be, it is not the same for everyone. For example, someone who has diabetes or has had a heart attach has a goal of <70 for their ldl, but usually are started on meds if it is over 100. Your doctor can calculate your specific goal. ...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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Are there medications that can cause high cholesterol? Is it possible that some medications can be responsible for causing high cholesterol? .

Are there medications that can cause high cholesterol? Is it possible that some medications can be responsible for causing high cholesterol? .

Yes: There are some medications will cause it
prednisone
beta blockers,
atenolol (tenormin)
bisoprolol (zebeta)
metoprolol (toprol, lopressor)
nadolol (corgard)
propanolol
amiodarone
estrogen
progestin
anabolic steroids
cyclosporine (sandimmune, neoral, gengraf)
protease inhibitors (for hiv)
thiazide diuretics
loop diuretics. ...Read more

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The drs said I have generalized anxiety disorder. I also have high cholesterol....on no medication.?

The drs said I have generalized anxiety disorder. I also have high cholesterol....on no medication.?

GAD: Your high cholesterol level is not likely related to your anxiety disorder. You may or may not need medication for anxiety. Options: Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle > ...Read more

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How often should someone with high cholesterol (takes medication) eat red meat or real eggs?

How often should someone with high cholesterol (takes medication) eat red meat or real eggs?

No standard answer: There is no standard answer to my knowledge. But the recommendation is to consume chicken or fish over red meat, and prefer egg white to egg yolk. ...Read more

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Should I be taking medication for high cholesterol (243) or try exercise and fish oil for 6 months first?

Should I be taking medication for high cholesterol (243) or try exercise and fish oil for 6 months first?

Depends on profile: If your HDL is very high within that 243, you may be able to get away with diet, exercise and nutritional supplementation for a while. If your HDL is low, then you'd probably need medication as your LDL and triglyerides are probably too high. We need the profile to be sure. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some effects of high blood pressure medications, and high cholesterol medications?

Could you tell me what are some effects of high blood pressure medications, and high cholesterol medications?

Many: This question is complicated. There are so many medications for these two diseases. Each medication has its own side effect profile. Please specify which medication. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have two drinks a day while taking medication for high cholesterol and high blood pressure?

Is it ok to have two drinks a day while taking medication for high cholesterol and high blood pressure?

Depends!: First, it depends upon your gender (men can have up to 2 drinks/d while women should only have 1 drink/d). Second, it depends upon how large are your drinks! Standard or vegas size? Third, it depends upon which medications you're taking. In general, alcohol can be consumed in moderation w/most medications but you'll need to address your specific regimen w/your family physician (and pharmacist). ...Read more

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I'm a 68 year old diabetic, hypertensive with high cholesterol, on medication for all of them. I work long hours and do high energy exercise every day for a minimum of 30 minutes Of late I felt low, unmotivated and unenthusiastic. I take espiride.

I'm a 68 year old diabetic, hypertensive with high cholesterol, on medication for all of them. I work long hours and do high energy exercise every day for a minimum of 30 minutes Of late I felt low, unmotivated and unenthusiastic. I take espiride.

Depression: Can manifest in low energy and your medical conditions may be the cause of depression. You are seeing your doctors and working out. Consider seeing a nutritionist to help you w/a healthy food plan which can help mood and energy level. Also consider seeing a mental health professional for talk therapy. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Help docs, is having more than 10 medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol considered normal?

Help docs, is having more than 10 medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol considered normal?

Challenging: This is not unusual for a diabetic. Diabetes affects many parts of the body and controlling it is essential to prevent complications. Blood pressure and cholesterol are more challenging to treat in diabetics, and often require several meds. If your diabetes is related to weight, then weight loss, diet and exercise will help tremendously. Take control and you will see enormous benefits. ...Read more

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My husband haschypertension and high cholesterol now he is on medication. His ECG reports are normal but now pain in the chest and left arm?

My husband haschypertension and high cholesterol now he is on medication. His ECG reports are normal but now pain in the chest and left arm?

See doctor: Pain in the chest and left arm is a strong warning sign and your husband should see his doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Does my high cholesterol make it more likely I will develop heart disease? My cholesterol is a little high, but my doctor isn't recommending medication to lower it yet. I'm working on healthier eating habits, but I'm worried if I don't get my cholesterol

Does my high cholesterol make it more likely I will develop heart disease? My cholesterol is a little high, but my doctor isn't recommending medication to lower it yet. I'm working on healthier eating habits, but I'm worried if I don't get my cholesterol

Heart: Heart disease risk depends on many factors and blood cholesterol level is one of them. Below I attached a link to a website that has a heart disease risk calculator and other heart disease-related information. Hope you will find this calculator useful. ...Read more

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My husband has hypertension and high cholesterol now he is on medication. His ECG reports are normal but now pain in the chest and left arm?

My husband has hypertension and high cholesterol now he is on medication. His ECG reports are normal but now pain in the chest and left arm?

Chest pain: Chest pain can happen for a variety of reasons but one should never delay seeking medical treatment is this could be the sign of a heart attack. Please contact your primary care physician about a cardiology referral as soon as possible. If his condition worsens call 911 or go to the emergency department. ...Read more

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I have stage 3 CKD and am taking medication for high cholesterol, hypertension and GERD. I am also taking oxyteracycline for rosacea. Is that safe?

I have stage 3 CKD and am taking medication for high cholesterol, hypertension and GERD. I am also taking oxyteracycline for rosacea. Is that safe?

See your GP: Your GP is best person to answer your question since we don't have Oxytetracycline here on this side of the pond. Presumably it's a member of tetracycline family for which minimal changes are needed for CrCl 50-80. Since you didn't mention your other drugs by name, check out www. Drugs. Com for more info. Chances are that your GP already checked everything out before prescribing all 4 drugs. Cheers! ...Read more

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Is there a safe medication that I can take to help me lose weight? I am 5'8" tall, male, and weigh about 185 pounds. I take medication for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and low thyroid.

Med for weight loss: Your stats put you at a bmi of 28.1 which is clearly overweight.

Accordingly, I would recommend considering:
a) making sure your thyroid is completely and adequately replaced. This means a tsh, free t4, free t3 (liothyronine), (liothyronine) and reverse t3 (liothyronine). All too frequently, docs are guided by TSH only.

B) topomax (topirimate) is a medication I frequently use in my patients. It "defizzes" pop and cuts carb cravings. ...Read more

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High Cholesterol (Definition)

High amounts of cholesterol (a fat made by ...Read more