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Which drugs work for others and which ones do not? I'm newly diagnosed with high cholesterol?

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suzanne66 14 Oct 2009

Responses to cholesterol lowering medicines can vary from person to person.
This is taken from the links below.

"... There are steps that everyone can take to improve their cholesterol levels, and help prevent heart disease and heart attack. Here are the most important ones:
* Eat a heart-healthy diet with plenty of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Avoid saturated fats (found mostly in animal products) and trans-fatty acids (found in fast foods and commercially baked products). Instead, choose unsaturated fats
* Exercise regularly to help raise your HDL ("good" cholesterol)
* Get periodic health checkups and cholesterol screenings
* Lose weight if you are overweight
* Quit smoking
If lifestyle changes do not change your cholesterol levels, your doctor may recommend medication. There are several types of drugs available to help lower blood cholesterol levels, and they work in different ways. Some are better at lowering LDL cholesterol, some are good at lowering triglycerides, while others help raise HDL cholesterol.

The most commonly used and most effective drugs for treating high LDL cholesterol are called statins. You doctor will choose one of these: lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor), fluvastatin (Lescol), torvastatin (Lipitor), rosuvastatin (Crestor)." free discount card

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