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Understanding Cholesterol-Lowering Medications (cont.)

Cholesterol Lowering Medications

Cholesterol-lowering medications include:

  • statins,
  • PCSK9 inhibitors
  • bile acid sequestrants,
  • cholesterol absorption inhibitors,
  • nicotinic acid agents, and
  • fibrates.

If the patient's doctor prescribes one of these medications, he or she must still follow a cholesterol-lowering diet, be more physically active, lose weight if (if the patient is overweight), and control or stop all of the other risk factors for heart disease (including high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking).

Taking all these steps together may lessen the amount of medication an individual needs or make the medication more effective, which reduces the risks associated with high cholesterol.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/6/2015

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