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Knowing Your Cholesterol Medications

If lifestyle changes doesn't cut your cholesterol down to within normal levels, your doctor will prescribe you these:

STATINS- ( Also known as HMG-CoA reductase Inhibitors:
Lipitor (atorvastatin), baycol ( cerivastatin), Lescol (fluvastatin),Mevacor (lovastatin). Pravachol (pravastatin) and Zocor (simvastatin) - These drugs slow down the liver production of cholesterol and increase its ability to remove the LDL cholesterol already in the blood.

BILE -ACID SEQUESTRANS - Questran ( cholestyramine), Colestid (colestipol), and WelChol ( colesevelan hydrochloride). These drugs bind to bile acids and remove them from the body. Cholesterol, a building block for bile acid is then drawn from
the blood to rebuild them. These medications may lower LDL(bad cholesterol) by as much as 20%. When combined with statin, the reduction may be much greater.

FIBRIC-ACID DERIVATIVES- : Atromid S ( chlofibrate) , Lopid(gemfibrozil) and Tricor ( fenofibrate) are most helpful for those with elevated triglycerides and low HDL. You can raise your HDL by exercise even by simply walking.

NIACIN : - A water-soluble vitamins, also known as Vit B-3 or nicotinic acid. Taken under a Doctor's supervision, high doses can raise HDL level by 20% to 25% and lower LDL and triglycerides by 20% to 30%. You can ask your Doctor about taking
B-vitamins, folic acid, B-6, B-12 as they help lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that may contribute to the clogging of arteries.

BLOOD THINNERS: Like aspirin, coumadin ( warfarin), Plavix(clopidogrel) or Ticlid (ticlopidine) may help prevent clots from forming in coronary arteries and in blood vessels leading to the brain.

The higher is your LDL (bad cholesterol) , you have a greater risk for heart disease as LDL contributes to artery-blocking plaque. HDL is called good cholesterol and the higher the level the better as it helps protect the heart by carrying cholesterol
back to the liver, where it's excreted. Last but not the least QUIT SMOKING because it narrows arteries, heightening the danger of any blockage caused by
cholesterol accumulations.

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