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Statins (Definition)

Several drugs exist which lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in liver cells (hmg-coa reductase) that is involved in cholesterol synthesis. These all have generic names that end in -statin, e.g. Atorvastatin (lipitor) and Simvastatin (zocor). Since nearly all of the meds in this class have been shown to have similar cardiovascular benefits, we often discuss them ...Read more


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Is lisinopril a statin drug?

Is lisinopril a statin drug?

ACE inhibitor : No Lisinopril is belonging to a class of medications called ace inhibitors. These medications are commonly prescribed for elevated blood pressure but are also commonly prescribed in patients with diabetes or after a cardiac event. Never stop or change a medication without first consulting your physician. ...Read more

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What is a better cholesterol lowering medicine? Lipitor (atorvastatin) or simvastatin?

Lipitor (atorvastatin) is stronger: Lipitor (atorvastatin) and now generic Atorvastatin is 'stronger' on a mg to mg basis compared to simvastatin, meaning it lowers the cholesterol 20-30% more than simvastatin. ...Read more

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What is a vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) alternative?

What is a vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) alternative?

Statin drugs: Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) is a specific combination of two medications; Simvastatin and ezetimibe. Generic Simvastatin is available by prescription. Zetia is the brand name for ezetimibe. These medications are useful to treat high cholesterol. ...Read more

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What is lipitor (atorvastatin)? Is it a diet drug?

Lipitor (atorvastatin): Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a cholesterol lowering medication that you should take regularly if your doctor prescribed it. ...Read more

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Is Lipitor (atorvastatin) a better drug than tricor ?

Is Lipitor (atorvastatin) a better drug than tricor ?

They're different: They are used for different profiles of abnormal cholesterol. Lipitor, or generic atorvastatin, is a medication that mostly is used to lower LDL the "bad cholesterol." that is enough for most people. Tricor (fenofibrate) is used to correct a mixed profile, when someone has not only high ldl, but also high triglycerides (blood fat level) and low hdl, the "good cholesterol.". So they're used differently. ...Read more

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Is zestril (lisinopril) a statin drug?

Is zestril (lisinopril) a statin drug?

no: Zestril (lisinopril) is primarily used to treat high blood pressure. It is not a "statin" but it is an "ace inhibitor ". ...Read more

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Telmisartan with rosuvastatin is a good combination?

Telmisartan with rosuvastatin is a good combination?

Why not?: If you don't feel any side effects and its controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol and blood test are good, then why not? It is a reasonable combination. ...Read more

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Is zocor (simvastatin) effective for lowering cholesterol?

Is zocor (simvastatin) effective for lowering cholesterol?

Yes: Go to this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0000911/. ...Read more

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Is Zetia (ezetimibe) an effective statin?

Is Zetia (ezetimibe) an effective statin?

No: Zetia (ezetimibe) is not a statin. Although it lowers the cholesterol, there is no proof that it prevents bad outcomes. ...Read more

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Is Zetia (ezetimibe) a weaker statin than the rest of the cholesterol drugs?

Is Zetia (ezetimibe) a weaker statin than the rest of the cholesterol drugs?

Weaker yes statin no: Zetia (ezetimibe) is weaker than most statin medications when it comes to cholesterol reduction. However it is not a statin and, in fact, has an entirely different mechanism of action working to prevent dietary cholesterol absorption rather than decrease hepatic cholesterol production (the statins mechanism). Zetia (ezetimibe) can be used alone or in combination with a statin. ...Read more

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What is simcor (simvastatin and niacin)?

What is simcor (simvastatin and niacin)?

A combination med: Simcor (simvastatin and niacin) is made up of two meds; Simvastatin which mostly lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol, and Niacin which lowers LDL and triglycerides and raises HDL (good) cholesterol. ...Read more

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Is Zetia (ezetimibe) beneficial for cholesterol?

Is Zetia (ezetimibe) beneficial for cholesterol?

Depends: It depends. If the problem lies in your absorption of cholesterol then Zetia (ezetimibe) may work for you. ...Read more

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How effective is Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin)?

How effective is Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin)?

Simva: low dose only: Vytorin is Simvastin&ezetimibe. Both lower cholesterol. Simva beleived to reduce atherosclerosis by many mechanisms includ lowering Cholest & anti-inflam effect on vessels. Ezetimide, lowers cholesterol but unclear if it protects against atheroscl. Data not comp. clear & Simvastin Generic, unclear another study will occur. Lipitor (atorvastatin) is also generic & evid exists that it is safer from Rhabdomyolysis. ...Read more

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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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Can a niacin supplement replace vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin)?

Can a niacin supplement replace vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin)?

Niacin.: Supplementing with 2000-3000mg of flush free Niacin daily can help to control your cholesterol levels quite nicely, even increasing your HDL and converting your LDL to a less harmful subtype. As a negative, Niacin can cause facial flushing and redness so get the flush free variety. And have your liver enzyme values monitored, as they can be affected by Niacin use. Could replace Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin). ...Read more

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Dr. Blase Carabello
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Simvastatin (Definition)

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Lowers risk of heart attack, stroke, and certain blood vessel problems in people with certain risk factors. This medicine is an hmg-coa reductase inhibitor, ...Read more


Dr. Robert Kent
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Zocor (Definition)

Zocor is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more