Your Treatment Options
By Jennifer Moll, About.com Guide
They get a lot of buzz in the news, and for good reason. Statin drugs, also known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are a popular family of cholesterol-lowering medications that target every aspect of the cholesterol profile.
- Statins: The Basics
- How Do I Take My Statin?
- When Is The Best Time To Take My Statin?
- What Should I Tell My Health Care Provider Before Starting Statin Therapy?
- Muscle Pain and Statins
- Do the Benefits of Statins Outweigh the Side Effects?
- Coenzyme Q10 and Statin-Related Muscle Pain
- Older Patients and High-Dose Statin Therapy
- Can I Drink Grapefruit Juice With My Statin?
- Statins and Alzheimer's Disease
- Could Your Statin Be Causing You To Lose Sleep?
- Statins May Modestly Reduce Blood Pressure
- Statins May Reduce Inflammation
- Can Statins Lower Your Cancer Risk?
- Taking Statin Drugs May Lower Your Risk of Certain Cancers
- Statins May Improve Lung Function
Absorption inhibitors are a newer class of cholesterol-lowering medications that prevent cholesterol from crossing the small intestine and into the bloodstream. Currently, there is only one absorption inhibitor on the market: Zetia (ezetimibe), which mainly lowers LDL cholesterol.
- What is Absorption?
- Zetia (Ezetimibe)
- How Zetia Works
- Taking Zetia with Statins
- Zetia in Combination with Other Drugs
- Zetia May Not Provide Protection Against Heart Disease
- An Additional Mechanism of Action For Zetia (Ezetimibe) Is Discovered
- What You Need to Know About Zetia and Vytorin
- The FDA Has Approved a New Indication for Zetia
Are you trying to prevent high cholesterol? Would you like to avoid taking a drug to lower your mildly high cholesterol? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, a natural alternative may help you. Before taking any of these products, be sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist, since they may interact with any other conditions you may have or medications you may be taking.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fats that are classified as an essential fatty acid, which means that they cannot be made by the body and must be obtained from the diet. Omega-3 fatty acids mainly lower triglycerides.
- The Power of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Fish Oil, Fish Consumption, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Do They Lower Cholesterol?
- What Is The Difference Between Prescription And Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements?
- Omacor: A New Drug to Treat High Triglyceride Levels
Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is a blanket term that refers to nicotinic acid and its derivatives. Niacin is known for lowering bad cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as raising good cholesterol. Niacin supplements are available through prescription or over-the-counter.
- Niacin 101
- Are All Forms Of Niacin Created Equally?
- What You Need To Know About Selecting a Niacin Product
- Flush-Free Niacin and Cholesterol
- Who Should Not Take Nicotinic Acid (Niacin) Supplements To Lower Cholesterol?