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Medicine for High Cholesterol


Sometimes, following a healthy lifestyle may not be enough to prevent the onset of high cholesterol levels or even be sufficient in managing elevated levels of the same. In such cases, one needs to avail of specific medication which can help alleviate the problem.

Usually doctors, consider the use of medication after the traditional and natural methods of diet, exercise and lifestyle have failed to manage the condition. The decision to prescribe medication to the patient is usually based on excessive levels of cholesterol along with an increase of chances of contracting more serious ailments such as cardiovascular disease. Medication is generally administered when your cholesterol levels have gone beyond 190. In some cases, they may be also recommended for those with cholesterol levels at 160+ if they are also found to be at risk for other illnesses such as heart disease.

There are many types of drugs which help lower blood cholesterol levels. Some drugs are specifically designed to reduce or prevent the buildup of plaques which can block arteries and also limit any release possibilities of the plaques into the circulation as dangerous clots of blood. The most commonly prescribed drugs of this particular type include statins and HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors such as Lovastatin, Atorvastatin and Simvastatin.

The vitamin B Niacin can also help in reducing LDL levels and triglycerides while simultaneously increasing HDL levels. It also helps in reducing chances of a second heart attack in a patient. The fibrates category drugs can also can also increase HDL levels and lower harmful triglyceride. These drugs include Gemfibrozil, Fenofibrate etc.

Being asked to take any of these medications is a serious matter. The drugs can be expensive and are often recommended to be taken for many years including entire lifetimes. Some of the medications also come with serious side effects such as liver damage.

So before you’re forced to rely on the medications to manage your cholesterol levels try and prevent it first by leading a healthy lifestyle and visiting your doctor at regular intervals. Adherence to these tips should help you manage the condition effectively.


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