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Prescription Medications

When diet and exercise alone are not able to treat high cholesterol levels, your doctor might write you a prescription for cholesterol medication. These drugs function in lowering the amount of fats in your blood by increasing your HDL (the good cholesterol)levels and decreasing your LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels.
  1. Absorption Inhibitors (7)
  2. Bile Acid Resins (8)
  3. Fibrates (6)
  4. Niacin (14)
  5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids (13)
  6. Statin Drugs (51)

Which Cholesterol- Lowering Drugs Are Available as a Generic?
Some, but not all, cholesterol-lowering drugs are available in a generic form.

Can Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Be Split Into Half?
Cholesterol lowering drugs can be expensive, and splitting the pills in half may be tempting if you are wanting to cut costs. But not all cholesterol drugs can be cut in half.

Is Medication Needed in All Children Diagnosed With High Cholesterol?
High cholesterol can happen in children, too. If their cholesterol is too high, cholesterol lowering medications may need to be used to lower it.

Should I Ditch My Cholesterol Meds?
Perhaps you have been taking your cholesterol medication for a while and everything is going well. You feel good. Your lipid panel has come back normal. You don't "feel" like you have high cholesterol, so does that mean you can ditch your cholesterol meds? The answer might surprise you.

Simcor: A New Cholesterol Lowering Combination Drug On the Horizon
Simcor is a new cholesterol lowering drug that is a combination of two drugs already approved by the FDA: Niaspan and Zocor. Simcor greatly lowers LDL and triglycerides and raises HDL.

Experimental Medication Gives Hope to Those With High Cholesterol
A study examining patients with an inherited condition of extremely high cholesterol led to researchers discovering a possible new cholesterol medication. Read all about the study here.

KB2115: A Promising New Weapon in the Fight Against High Cholesterol
KB2115 is a new cholesterol lowering drug that is currently undergoing clinical trials. It has been found that KB2115 lowers cholesterol by lowering LDL cholesterol. KB2115 does not appear to affect HDL cholesterol or triglycerides.

Cordaptive: Niacin Without The Side Effects
Cordaptive is a drug that combines nicotinic acid, a form of niacin, with laropiprant, a chemical that reduces the side effects associated with niacin, such as flushing, rash, and hot flashes. Cordaptive appears promising in lowering cholesterol and helps all aspects of your cholesterol profile. Cordaptive lowers LDL, lowers triglycerides, and raises HDL.

Pfizer Begins Manufacturing Torcetrapib
Pfizer will begin to manufacture a new cholesterol-lowering drug, a torcetrapib/atorvastatin combination, in its Loughbeg, Ireland facility soon. When used in combination with atorvastatin, torcetrapib greatly increases HDL cholesterol levels and has the added benefit of lowering LDL levels.

Pfizer Stops Manufacturing Torcetrapib Due To Adverse Effects
Torcetrapib was viewed as a new line of therapy in lowering cholesterol levels. Its mechanism of action was unique in comparison to the other cholesterol-lowering medications: it specifically raised HDL, the “good” cholesterol levels. But Pfizer has stopped clinical trials looking at the drug because of serious side effects.

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