home > cholesterol center > cholesterol a-z list > understanding cholesterol-lowering medications article > understanding cholesterol-lowering medications topic guide
Understanding Cholesterol-Lowering Medications Topic Guide
Cholesterol Lowering Medications: Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance that your body needs to function normally. If a person has too much cholesterol in their bloodstream, it can lead to heart disease. Cholesterol lowering medications include statins (Lipitor, Lescol, Mevacor, Altocor, Pravachol, Zocor, and Crestor), bile acid sequestrants (Questran, Colestid, WelChol), nicotinic acid agents (niacin, Niacor, Slo-Niacin), and fibrates (Lopid, Tricor). Side effects, drug interactions, and warnings and precautions should be reviewed prior to taking these medications.
Cholesterol FAQs Test your cholesterol IQ by reading about cholesterol FAQs (cholesterol facts) like the risk factors for high cholesterol (diet, lack of exercise, smoking, heredity) and what you can do to lower your cholesterol level. Lifestyle changes such as weight control, exercise, diet, quitting smoking may lower cholesterol levels. Medication is sometimes necessary if lifestyle changes are not effective in lowering cholesterol levels.
Expert Views and News
- Cholesterol Meds and Grapefruit Juice
- 9 Questions to Ask Before Having Surgery
- Are We Close to a Cure for Cancer?