High Cholesterol

Available are various types of Lipid-lowering medication that work in diverse ways. Your GP can advise you regarding the most appropriate treatment type. Our service offers the following two: Ezetimibe and Statins

How cholesterol tablets work?

Albeit cholesterol is vital for your body’s maximum functionality, excessive amounts of it can make you more likely to develop serious health conditions like stroke or heart disease. If you have earlier been prescribed Simvastatin or Atorvastatin to lower your cholesterol, you can order repeat prescriptions of cholesterol tablets by means of our online service.

In the event that you have high cholesterol, your physician may recommend lipid-lowering medicines in addition to lifestyle and diet changes. These drugs are referred to as lipid-lowering drugs because the cholesterol and other types of fat are known as lipids.

Statins function by interfering with the enzyme which the body utilises to produce cholesterol. This leads to lower production of cholesterol by the body. Statins as well raise the amount of cholesterol that the liver takes up and gets rid of it from the blood.

The net result is that statins can lower the amount of LDL cholesterol. Some statins can also produce a small increase in ‘good’ cholesterol, that is, HDL cholesterol.

Statins are generally the primary type of medicine that physicians recommend for the treatment of high LDL-cholesterol. Some statins should be taken in the evening or at bedtime for perfect effect however, your physician will advise you on how best to take statin medicine.

Statins should not be used while pregnant because of possible risk to the unborn baby. Perhaps you are a woman of child-bearing age it is suggested that you make use of effective contraception while taking statins. Individuals having muscle disease, liver disease and breast feeding women should likewise avoid statins.

Typical negative effects of statin medicines comprise:

  • Headache; and
  • Mild stomach upset.

Statins can rarely cause muscle pain, which, sometimes can have critical complications. Therefore if you develop pain in your muscles or any weakness or tenderness, schedule an appointment with your doctor without delay. Statins can also cause liver problems including hepatitis.

Your doctor will most likely desire that you to have regular blood tests when you start treatment with statins so as to monitor your progress.

Ezetimibe (brand name Ezetrol) is the first medicine to be available in a new class of cholesterol-lowering tablets agents referred to as cholesterol absorption inhibitors. Ezetimibe lowers total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol, increases HDL or good cholesterol and generally lowers cholesterol by lowering its absorption from the intestine into the bloodstream.
Your physician may recommend ezetimibe if you are already using a statin and your cholesterol level is still raised, as taking both of these medicines together can be more productive in lowering bad cholesterol than taking a statin alone.  Medicines that combine ezetimibe with a statin in one tablet include:

  • Atozet (atorvastatin plus ezetimibe);
  • Rosuzet (rosuvastatin plus ezetimibe); and
  • Vytorin (simvastatin plus ezetimibe).

Ezetimibe may also be recommended by your physician if statins are not appropriate for you. Ezetimibe can be taken with or without meal, at any time of the day however it should be taken at about the same time daily.

If you are breast feeding or pregnant or have any liver problems, ezetimibe may not be a suitable medicine for you.

As with statins, if you are taking ezetimibe and you develop muscle aches, endeavour to see your physician without delay.
Colestipol and Cholestyramine tablets
Colestipol (Colestid granules) and Cholestyramine (Questran Lite) are also referred to as bile-acid-binding resins. These medicines attach to bile acids in the intestine, preventing them from being reabsorbed into the body and consequently releasing the bile acids in the faeces. To make more bile acids, the body requires cholesterol. This leads to a higher demand for cholesterol by the body, helping to lower the blood level of cholesterol.

Fenofibrate and Gemfibrozil tablets
Fenofibrate (Lipidil) and Gemfibrozil (e.g. Lopid, Ausgem, Lipigem) are also called fibrates. These medicines function mainly on lowering triglycerides in the blood, by boosting the rate that triglycerides are cleared from the blood. In addition, fibrates can help raise the amount of HDL cholesterol.

Nicotinic acid tablets
It is not completely understood how nicotinic acid works to reduce lipid levels. Though, nicotinic acid can lower the ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides and as well increases the ‘good’ cholesterol. Occasionally, nicotinic acid is used where the lipid that is mainly raised is triglyceride and likewise, it can be used together with statins to reduce “bad” cholesterol.

Medical Advice

Please refer to the articles below to find out more information, medical guidance and advice from our doctors on how to best treat the condition.
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