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What Types of Cholesterol Medications Are Available?

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Updated December 26, 2003

Question: What Types of Cholesterol Medications Are Available?
Answer: There are four general classes of prescription medications available in the United States--fibric acid derivatives, statins (HMG-CoA reductace inhibitors), bile acid sequestrants, and nicotinic acid. These drugs may be taken alone or used in combination to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. This is done under the discretion of your physician. Statins are the most commonly prescribed drugs.

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