What Are the Treatment Options for High Cholesterol?

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If a patient has high cholesterol, we sometimes want to use medications, however, it's very important to have lifestyle modification which would include change in your diet and exercise and weight loss. Now if we find that a patient also needs to have medications, we actually have a number of options.

So one big class of medications to lower cholesterol are called the statin drugs, and these are very helpful to lower cholesterol but they seem to do other things as well to benefit somebody's heart health. If we don't use the statin medication, or for patient would want to, needs, more than one medication.

But chooses, for other whatever reason the use another medication, we can use something called the bile acid sequestrants. That actually pulls the cholesterol out of your body and brings it out with body waste. We have a medication called an intestinal absorption inhibitor where cholesterol is not absorbed in your body.

So those medications work a little differently than the statin drugs. There's also a medication called niacin as well, and a medication called a fibrate. The fibrate medications are not specificaly for lowering the LDL or bad cholesterol, they are more geared to lowering triglycerides.

Triglycerides are another lipid or fat in your body, then too high levels can be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The niacin medication is helpful for lowering LDL cholesterol, but some people experiencing side effects which limit its usefulness. It's very important to discuss with your doctor or health care provider or the options available to lower your cholesterol levels.