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Cholesterol FAQs (cont.)

When would a doctor prescribe a medication to lower cholesterol?

The main goal of a treatment program is to lower total cholesterol levels, LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. Treatment may cause a slight rise in HDL or good cholesterol in the blood. There are two main ways to control cholesterol;

  1. lifestyle changes, and
  2. medication.

Medications may be prescribed by a health care practitioner if attempts at lifestyle changes fail to make a difference in cholesterol levels (usual goal is to be under 200 mg dL). A variety of medication options are available and the decision as to which medication to use depends upon the individual situation and other medical conditions that might be present. Usually, the health care practitioner and patient will discuss options and decide together upon the treatment options. There are many treatment options such as statins, niacin, and fibric acid agents - though statins are the primary treatment option.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/30/2015

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