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
High Cholesterol Tablets
How cholesterol tablets work?
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.
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.
When Statins should be taken?
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.
Side effects of Statins
- 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.
When should Ezetimibe be taken?
- 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.
Side effects of Ezetimibe
Other cholesterol 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.
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