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Medicine For Cholesterol Emboli
Benefit greatest: The greatest benefit for protection against glaucoma was in men with cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. The authors believe statins might lower the risk of glaucoma by reducing atherosclerosis in the optic nerve, or by improving blood flow in the eye. Statins might also enhance the ability of cells just in front of the iris to drain excess fluid. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cholesterol Meds: Medications that lower cholesterol well include Simvastatin, Atorvastatin, Rosuvastatin. These medications also have benefit in reducing the risk of heart disease. Zetia (ezetimibe) is decent in combination with one of the aforementioned medication, but not by itself. Niacin helps too. ...Read more
Yes: Careful diet management, with reduced fat, avoiding fried foods, switching to whole grains and low fat dairy products will help. Increasing exercise will help. Some people will need to use medicines in addition. Lowering your cholesterol is important to help reduce your risk of heart disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually OK: Modest intake of alcohol has been shown to improve cardiovascular outcomes, as well as HDL cholesterol. In the setting of normal liver function and normal triglyceride levels, there is no problem with modest alcohol intake while taking cholesterol lowering drugs. In the setting of high triglyceride, care should be taken as alcohol intake can worsen triglyceride levels. ...Read more
Statins: The class of drugs with the most data demonstrating efficacy are the statin class. Like anything they are not without risk although for the most part the benefits outweigh the risks. Speak with your doctor to see if they are right for you. ...Read more
Probably not but...: This is only a mild elevation and i would not treat it unless you have an unusually high percentage of small dense LDL particles. The role of cholesterol in heart disease is over-exagerated. The real cause of heart disease is inflammation. See http://www.Sott.Net/article/242516-heart-surgeon-speaks-out-on-what-really-causes-heart-disease and http://www.Spacedoc.Com/cholesterol_articles. ...Read more
44 year old man, LDL cholesterol 180. Other params healthy. Possible to reduce LDL without drugs?
Exercise : LDL can be lowered with diet and exercise. At that level, without any other medical problems, nonsmoking, no family members with heart disease, it is not unreasonable to do a trial of diet and exercise, but it will take a lot of work. If you have any other issues or family with heart disease, medication is warranted. Diet should be low carb, exercise should be cardio 4-5x/week. ...Read more
My girlfriend is 40 years old and has a cholesterol reading of 240. How can she lower her cholesterol without drugs? Many thanks.
Need more info: What is her hdl, and triglycerides? Does she smoke? Is she diabetic? One way to reduce cholesterol is to reduce intake of saturated fats, lose weight, and increase physical activity. For more information see the site below. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-cholesterol/ds00178. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is a good cholesterol reading is 200 good 330 to high 150 to low and be honest are statin drugs really any good for cholesterol tha?
Risk factors: The optimum cholesterol level depends on your risk factors for cardiovascular disease. If you do not have risk factors, 200 may be okay, provided your HDL levels is normal or better yet, high. Statins do help, but it would be prudent to consult a doctor about your risk factors before entertaining any effort to change your cholesterol. ...Read more
Controversial: Many docs feel anyone with high cholesterol should take steps to lower it, though many advise trying diet, lifestyle changes & supplements first. However, cholesterol is not the main cause of heart disease-inflammation is! half of those who die from heart disease have "normal" chol. While many with high chol. Never get heart disease. Some subtypes of chol. Are much worse than others. See comment:. ...Read more
None: There isn't a single medicine that treats both. ...Read more
Options.: Red yeast rice is a naturally occurring statin which has a similar mechanism to actual prescription medications but which occurs naturally. As well, look into Niacin supplementation and, of course, fish oils. A high fiber diet will help lower cholesterol as well. Don't underestimate the power of a healthful meal and exercise plan. ...Read more
How are you feeling?: Cholesterol is produced in your body and can be consumed in your diet, however medication is predominantly to combat overproduction in your body. Many people continue to have elevation of cholesterol despite rigorous changes in their diets. For this reason, I would urge you to discuss with your doctor any concerns you have about this medication and learn what level of lipid disorder you have. ...Read more
23yrs old, high levels of cholesterol, at 16years i take crestor10mg( for3yrs), stop medicines and started inegy 10/20mg(3 mnts).I have musclepain, why?
Possibly statin: Crestor (rosuvastatin) is a statin, and inegy contains a statin. Muscle discomfort or weakness are common side effects of this class of medications. Check with your doctor. If your doctor feels your muscular pain is medicine related, your medication may need to be stopped or reduced in dosage or frequency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
We make most: cholesterol at that time and so drugs to block the process had better be there then. Frankly, this is more the older medicine that didn't last as long in the system and this hasn't been tested with atorvastatin as much. But it is due to when we make the cholesterol (night) NOT anything to do with the dtug. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: These are remarkably safe. A handful of people get skeletal muscle damage but only after at least several days. ...Read more
A statin.: As the most prescribed drug in the world, Lipitor (or the generic equivalent atorvastatin) is the most likely drug your doctor will try. When looking at cardiovascular risk reduction, hmg coa reductase inhibitors or "statins, " offer excellent data for both efficacy and safety. It is important to remember, many lifestyle modifications and/or medication options may benefit your unique situation. ...Read more
Lipids: The statin drugs are our usual first choice. ...Read more
I want to know the symptoms of having a high cholesterol and what is the best medicine for this. Thank you?
No symptoms--Niacin: There may be no symptoms. However, the safest, cheapest, most effective treatment for high cholesterol is niacin--vitamin b3. Niacin will lower total cholesterol, ldl, and triglycerides, and raise hdl. Only adverse effect is harmless (and transient--about 20 minuutes) flushing and itching, to which you will become accustomed with continued use. Dose required is 1, 500-2, 000 mg per day. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My s.Cholesterol is 240 and s.Triglyceride is 205 mg/dl. How can I lower them naturally, apart from medicines?
DIet, exercise;supps: First, it's important to know cholesterol is not the main cause of heart disease- see http://bit.Ly/1era8lt however, depending on chol. Subtypes lowering it may help. This is a pretty comprehensive article: http://huff.To/11tptid but i would do a few things differently. Avoid red rice yeast- it's a (natural) statin! adults need 5-8000 iu of vit d/day to get optimal levels. Stress reduction helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I have inherited high cholesterol ..How can I lower it when diet, exercise and medicines do not seem to work?
My wife is taking medicines for triglyceride n cholesterol for more than 2 yrs.She's 37.Will it affect in anyway?
I am taking Aztor 10 mg for cholesterol.now the cholesterol level is in normal. can I stop the medicine right now?
Cholesterol: Treating elevated blood lipids is not a short term thing. If the diet and exercise have been modified and the lipids have lowered enough, that might be enough if continued. When diet and exercise need medication added to get the lipids down, usually long term or life long lipid medication will be required to keep the lipid levels from going back up. Talk to your doctor about your situation. ...Read more
Taking medicines to cholesterol will it anyway affect the liver or other parts? Whether atorlip 5 mg affect liver?
Rare: 1 in 100, 000 people develop severe liver disease which is easily detected with routine blood samples. A more common side effect is muscle aching which resolves with dose reduction (but you're already on a very tiny dose which is unlikely to cause side effects). ...Read more
If genetic factors are the only thing making my cholesterol high, can I fix it with more extreme/strict diet instead of medicine?
No harm to try: It does depend somewhat on what you mean by extreme. If what you mean is a rigorous avoidance of cholesterol and saturated fats, but you are meeting all other nutritional requirements, then it is probably ok. Sometimes difficult to stick to, but good luck. ...Read more
I have a hard time understanding how a drug could lower cholesterol, and be "safe." how can you alter blood chemistry and be totally "safe?"
Not totally safe!: You are entirely correct. No drug is totally safe. Statins, the most common cholesterol-lowering drugs, can cause serious muscle and liver damage & neurological problems like memory loss. Drugs that inhibit cholesterol absorption can create nutrient deficiencies. We make most of our cholesterol because it is essential for good health. See my comment for more on this complex controversial issue:. ...Read more
Which one is more dangerous: cholesterol or triglycerides?I know both are harmful but which one is easier to eradicate without resorting to drug pills
Both essential: Both of these molecules are essential for life. Too much of either can be harmful. Best to get a full lipid profile checked if your worried for some reason, like a family history of problems related to dyslipidemia. You should start with a primary care provider. No hurry on this. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
So how long will it take to start feeling normal after stop taking the cholesterol medicine and will my Q 10 levels are just on their own or do I have to take another form of medication?
Statin adversity: Interestingly, the original application for statin approval in the US included Co Q 10 as a combined med ! FDA would not approve because Co Q10 is a nutrient. Still, all statins reduce muscle Co Q10, not just in skeletal muscles but in myocardium as well. Stopping the statin is important when its adversity mounts but taking hi quality Co Q10 is truly beneficial too. Dietary meat helps a bit. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Drhoffman.com ref: Start with dietary modifications & exercise,several botanical agents have been proved to be effective cholesterol lowering agents. Garlic preparations standardized for allign content & garlic oil.Aged garlic as garlique. Gugulipid is the standarized extract of mukul myrrh tree,native to India.Cinammon can be taken as tea. Niacin- start with 1000 mg,to avoid flushing by taking81mg of asprin 30 min ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Options.: Red yeast rice is a naturally occurring statin which has a similar mechanism to actual prescription medications but which occurs naturally. As well, look into Niacin supplementation and, of course, fish oils. A high fiber diet will help lower cholesterol as well. Don't underestimate the power of a healthful meal and exercise plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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