The following classes of medications have effects on triglyceride levels:
- HMG CoA reductase inhibitor medications (statins) are most effective in
lowering LDL cholesterol, mildly effective in increasing HDL cholesterol, and
mildly effective in lowering triglycerides. Examples include
(Pravachol), lovastatin (Mevacor),
(Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor).
- Fibric acid derivative medications such as
gemfibrozil (Lopid) and
fenofibrate (Tricor) are most effective in lowering triglycerides, effective in
increasing HDL, and minimally effective in lowering LDL levels.
- Nicotinic acid (Niacin), known by the names Niacin, Niaspan, or Slo-Niacin,
is most effective in increasing HDL, effective in lowering triglycerides, and
mildly to moderately effective in lowering LDL levels.
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