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High Cholesterol Medications Side Effects, List, and Dosage Topic Guide

High Cholesterol: Medications to Lower High Cholesterol: Medications to Lower: 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.

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High Cholesterol: Medications to Lower Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

ezetimibe and simvastatin Ezetimibe And Simvastatin

Ezetimibe reduces the amount of cholesterol absorbed by the body. Simvastatin is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins."

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amlodipine and atorvastatin Amlodipine And Atorvastatin

Amlodipine and atorvastatin is a combination medicine used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), chest pain (angina), and coronary artery disease (clo...learn more »

ezetimibe Ezetimibe

Ezetimibe reduces the amount of cholesterol absorbed by the body...learn more »

colesevelam Colesevelam

Colesevelam is used to treat high cholesterol in adults and children at least 10 years old...learn more »

fenofibrate Fenofibrate

Fenofibrate helps reduce cholesterol and triglycerides (fatty acids) in the blood. High levels of these types of fat in the blood are associated with an incr...learn more »

atorvastatin Atorvastatin

Atorvastatin is used together with diet to lower blood levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL), to increase levels of "good" cholestero...learn more »

fluvastatin Fluvastatin

Fluvastatin is used together with diet to lower blood levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL), to increase levels of "good" cholesterol...learn more »

psyllium Psyllium

Psyllium is a bulk-forming fiber laxative. Psyllium works by absorbing liquid and swelling in the intestines to create a softer, bulky stool that is easier t...learn more »

simvastatin Simvastatin

Simvastatin is used together with diet to lower blood levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL), to increase levels of "good" cholesterol...learn more »

colestipol Colestipol

Colestipol is a cholesterol-lowering drug...learn more »

pravastatin Pravastatin

Pravastatin is used together with diet to lower blood levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL), to increase levels of "good" cholesterol...learn more »

gemfibrozil Gemfibrozil

Gemfibrozil helps reduce cholesterol and triglycerides (fatty acids) in the blood. High levels of these types of fat in the blood are associated with an incr...learn more »