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Why would a physician prescribe Tricor versus Nican or Lovaza?

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suzanne66 5 Jun 2010

There are many cholesterol-lowering medications currently on the market, and each of these medications lower cholesterol levels in different ways. Additionally, each of these drugs target different aspects of your lipid profile.
For instance, some drugs may only be effective in lowering your LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels, where as other drugs may target every aspect of your lipid profile.

The choice of drug will depend on your lipid profile.
Your doctor will select the best cholesterol-lowering medication for you.

Nicotinic acid (Nican) works on all aspects of your lipid profile. It raises HDL levels and lowers triglyceride levels. It also lowers LDL, but not as much as statins.
Fibrates (Tricor) lower triglycerides. They also lower LDL levels and raise HDL levels.
The mechanism of action of Lovaza is not completely understood.
Hope this helps.

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