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Medications for High Cholesterol

Other names: Cholesteremia; Cholesterol, Elevated Levels; Cholesterol, High; Cholesterolemia; Familial Hypercholesterolemia; Hypercholesterolemia; Hypercholesterolemia, Familial; Hyperlipidemia; Lipid Metabolism Disorders

What is High Cholesterol:  Acquired lipid disorders is a group of disorders characterized by an excess of fatty substances, such as cholesterol, triglycerides, and lipoproteins present in the blood.

Medications to treat High Cholesterol

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Lipitor Rx X N 44 reviews
6.0

Generic name: atorvastatin systemic

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
simvastatin Rx X N 84 reviews
5.0

Generic name: simvastatin systemic

Brand name:  Zocor

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
atorvastatin Rx X N 98 reviews
5.0

Generic name: atorvastatin systemic

Brand name:  Lipitor

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Crestor Rx X N 74 reviews
6.0

Generic name: rosuvastatin systemic

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
pravastatin Rx X N 27 reviews
5.0

Generic name: pravastatin systemic

Brand name:  Pravachol

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Zocor Rx X N 20 reviews
5.0

Generic name: simvastatin systemic

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Zetia Rx C N 31 reviews
5.0

Generic name: ezetimibe systemic

Drug class: cholesterol absorption inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
lovastatin Rx X N 8 reviews
7.0

Generic name: lovastatin systemic

Brand names:  Altocor, Altoprev, Mevacor

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Vytorin Rx X N 15 reviews
7.0

Generic name: ezetimibe / simvastatin systemic

Drug class: antihyperlipidemic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
rosuvastatin Rx X N 79 reviews
6.0

Generic name: rosuvastatin systemic

Brand name:  Crestor

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Altocor Rx X N Add review
10

Generic name: lovastatin systemic

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Livalo Rx X N 44 reviews
5.0

Generic name: pitavastatin systemic

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
gemfibrozil Rx C N 16 reviews
6.0

Generic name: gemfibrozil systemic

Brand name:  Lopid

Drug class: fibric acid derivatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Niaspan Rx/OTC C N X 23 reviews
6.0

Generic name: niacin systemic

Drug class: vitamins, miscellaneous antihyperlipidemic agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Pravachol Rx X N 7 reviews
6.0

Generic name: pravastatin systemic

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Welchol Rx B N 8 reviews
7.0

Generic name: colesevelam systemic

Drug class: bile acid sequestrants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Altoprev Rx X N 1 review
10

Generic name: lovastatin systemic

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Niacin SR Rx/OTC C N X 1 review
9.0

Generic name: niacin systemic

Drug class: vitamins, miscellaneous antihyperlipidemic agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
niacin Rx/OTC C N X 36 reviews
6.0

Generic name: niacin systemic

Brand names:  Niaspan, Niacin SR, Slo-Niacin, B3-500-Gr, Niacor, B-3-50, Nicotinex

Drug class: vitamins, miscellaneous antihyperlipidemic agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Mevacor Rx X N 2 reviews
7.0

Generic name: lovastatin systemic

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Slo-Niacin Rx/OTC C N X 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: niacin systemic

Drug class: vitamins, miscellaneous antihyperlipidemic agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
B3-500-Gr Rx/OTC C N X 1 review
10

Generic name: niacin systemic

Drug class: vitamins, miscellaneous antihyperlipidemic agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
ezetimibe Rx C N 35 reviews
5.0

Generic name: ezetimibe systemic

Brand name:  Zetia

Drug class: cholesterol absorption inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Lescol Rx X N Add review
7.0

Generic name: fluvastatin systemic

Drug class: statins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
ezetimibe / simvastatin Rx X N 15 reviews
7.0

Generic name: ezetimibe / simvastatin systemic

Brand name:  Vytorin

Drug class: antihyperlipidemic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
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Alternative treatments for High Cholesterol

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for High Cholesterol. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of High Cholesterol.

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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