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Which meds besides statins and fibrates to treat high cholesterol?

Which meds besides statins and fibrates to treat high cholesterol?

It's not a statin.: Zetia (ezetimibe) is a cholesterol absorption blocker. By itself, it can lower LDL levels by 18%, which is relatively weak compared to some statins. However, when combined with a statin, it can give much more significant LDL lowering. Ask your doctor if this medication is right for you. Welchol (colesevelam) is a cholesterol absorption blocker of a different type, which may also be effective. ...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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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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What medications other than crestor (rosuvastatin) are available for lowering blood lipids?

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

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. ...Read more

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I have raised cholesterol numbers and statin drugs vs. supplements as cholestacare?

Total risk: It's not wise to treat lab abnormalities in a vacuum. If your total cardiac risk exceeds 7.5% ten year risk, or if you have established vascular disease, a statin is advised (2013 Adult Treatment Panel guidelines, American Heart Assoc) since they've been shown repeatedly to lower risk while supplements and non-statin meds are either ineffective or minimally so. ...Read more

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Recommended food for high tg, LDL and low HDL patients?

Recommended food for high tg, LDL and low HDL patients?

Back to basics: Thanks for your data! numbers all look pretty good. Tg is only mildly elevated and would respond best to low calorie diet with focus on reducing high glycemic index foods and fructose. Tg may come down, but I am not sure there is great benefit to that. Real focus of treatment is LDL but that is great. Eat plenty of fish. Regular aerobic exercise. Maintain healthy weight. ...Read more

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What would be more effective for high triglycerides 342mg/dl and LDL 69. Atorvas20mg or combination atorva 10mg+fenofibrate 160mg. Total choles 210?

What would be more effective for high triglycerides 342mg/dl and LDL 69. Atorvas20mg or combination atorva 10mg+fenofibrate 160mg. Total choles 210?

Likely combo: probably the two in combination. I'd try monotherapy first, ie lipitor (atorvastatin) higher dose. If that doesn't grt you to target then goto combo ...Read more

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Low carb diet ok for high triglycerides? Taking triglyde. Triglyceride levels on meds is 350, LDL is 201, HDL 28, on meds. Is any fat ok? I exercise.

Low carb diet ok for high triglycerides? Taking triglyde. Triglyceride levels on meds is 350, LDL is 201, HDL 28, on meds. Is any fat ok? I exercise.

Need more: You need a more thorough evaluation as your lipids have more abnormalities that high triglycerides; LDL is too high and HDL is low, both bad. Please consult your doctor for advise about diet, exercise, and medication. ...Read more

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Are there any good meds for both high cholesterol and hypertension?

Are there any good meds for both high cholesterol and hypertension?

Caduet: Caduet combines a cholesterol lowering agent with a blood pressure lowering agent in the same tablet. Ask your doctor is this medicine is a good fit for you. ...Read more

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Does the medication tricor (fenofibrate) for high triglycerides increase risk of colon cancer?

Does the medication tricor (fenofibrate) for high triglycerides increase risk of colon cancer?

No: There were concerns decades ago about Clofibrate but they came to nothing. I searched the nih database for the past 20 years and found nothing, and it makes no sense biologically. If it did, the research piranhas would have grabbed it up -- it's all about trying to discover and prove something. The fibrates have saved many, many lives and i would not be concerned. ...Read more

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Male 62 ,208 lb, 6'1. Fasting glucose127, Hemo Ac1-6.1. Take 80 ml statins for cholesterol; non hdl-170, hdl-52. do statins increase blood sugar?

Male 62 ,208 lb, 6'1. Fasting glucose127, Hemo Ac1-6.1. Take 80 ml statins for cholesterol; non hdl-170, hdl-52. do statins increase blood sugar?

Yes: Some popular brands associated with high blood sugar levels in study, but odds of problems are low. The overall benefit of statins still clearly outweighs the potential risk of incident diabetes, Discuss with your doctor if you should keep taking it. ...Read more

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Niacin good for lowering high cholesterol. And is it safe?

Niacin good for lowering high cholesterol. And is it safe?

Safe: But it is no good for lowering bad cholesterol. It may improve (a little) the good cholesterol and the best effect is on triglycerides. BUT, newer studies show NO benefits in mortality rates or frequency of heart attacks or strokes. Indication of Niacin has become more questionable since you may improve "numbers" but you do NOT improve outcomes ...Read more

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Are you prescribed questran (cholestyramine) for high cholesterol.?

Are you prescribed questran (cholestyramine) for high cholesterol.?

Questran (cholestyramine): Questran (cholestyramine) can be used for management of high lipids. It is not usually a first line agent, but used in patients who are sensitive to statins or have elevated triglycerides that have not responded to statin therapy. It is usually added to another therapy. ...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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I have moderately elevated cholesterol levels, and am prescribe statin drugs. Which control it nicely, but cause erectile dysfunction. Alternatives?

Different dose or me: Compliance with medication is affected when problems arise, especially ed. Try switching to a different statin, lower the dose & combine with another cholesterol medication. Consider a stress test b/c ED and coronary artery blockage are connected. Decrease your animal fat including dairy and eat more plants. Add coq10 200mg to help with statin side effects and fish oil to help with triglyceride. ...Read more

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Lipid profile, cholestrol 211, VLDL 17,LDL 142,HDL 62,trigylcerides 84, age 31, is drug therapy required? Or just diet

Lipid profile, cholestrol 211, VLDL 17,LDL 142,HDL 62,trigylcerides 84, age 31, is drug therapy required? Or just diet

Diet and exercise: Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco in any form and do not take any alcohol. ...Read more

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Tc 240, trig 45, HDL 85, LDL 146. Intolerant of statins, fibrates, Zetia (ezetimibe) and niacin.Diet good, exercise and take fish oil. Any other therapies?

Tc 240, trig 45, HDL 85, LDL 146. Intolerant of statins, fibrates, Zetia (ezetimibe) and niacin.Diet good, exercise and take fish oil. Any other therapies?

Find and Fix Causes: High LDL levels may result from overproduction of LDL particles, decreased clearance of LDL particles, or both. In some cases common LDL lowering medications are not sufficient to control high LDL levels. Consideration should be given to identifyihng genetic causes (familial hypercholesterolemia), or acquired medical problems (thyroid, renal, liver, glucose related disorders) that could be present ...Read more

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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


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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High Cholesterol (Definition)

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