Cholesterol Drugs Pictures Slideshow

Reviewed by Jay W. Marks, MD on Friday, October 10, 2008

High cholesterol is a condition that can be controlled with medication if natural methods to lower it fail.

High cholesterol is a condition that can be controlled with medication if natural methods to lower it fail.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs to function normally.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs to function normally.

LDL is referred to as 'bad cholesterol' and HDL is referred to as 'good cholesterol.'

LDL is referred to as 'bad cholesterol' and HDL is referred to as 'good cholesterol.'

Medications can be used to lower LDL and raise HDL cholesterol levels.

Medications can be used to lower LDL and raise HDL cholesterol levels.

Statins are a class of drugs that lower the level of cholesterol by reducing the body's production of cholesterol.

Statins are a class of drugs that lower the level of cholesterol by reducing the body's production of cholesterol.

Generic Name: atorvastatin
Brand Name: Lipitor

atorvastatin (Lipitor) tablets of 10, 20, 40, and 80 mg.

Generic Name: rosuvastatin
Brand Name: Crestor

rosuvastatin (Crestor) tablets of 5, 10, 20 and 40 mg.

Generic Name: simvastatin
Brand Name: Zocor

simvastatin (Zocor) tablets of 5, 10 and 80 mg.

Generic Name: pravastatin
Brand Name: Pravachol

pravastatin (Pravachol) tablets of 10, 20, 40 and 80 mg.

Generic Name: lovastatin
Brand Name: Mevacor

lovastatin (Mevacor) tablets of 10, 20 and 40 mg.

Generic Name: fluvastatin
Brand Name: Lescol

fluvastatin (Lescol) tablets of 20 and 40 mg.

Fibric acid (fibrates) lower blood triglyceride levels by inhibiting production in the liver of VLDL and speeding up the removal of triglycerides from the blood.

Fibric acid derivatives (fibrates) lower blood triglyceride levels by inhibiting production in the liver of VLDL and speeding up the removal of triglycerides from the blood.

Generic Name: fenofibrate
Brand Name: Tricor

fenofibrate (Tricor) tablets of 48 and 145 mg.

Generic Name: gemfibrozil
Brand Name: Lopid

gemfibrozil (Lopid) tablet of 600 mg.

Bile acid sequestrants are medications for lowering LDL cholesterol levels.

Bile acid sequestrants are medications for lowering LDL cholesterol levels.

Generic Name: colesevelam
Brand Name: Welchol

colesevelam (Welchol) tablet of 600 mg.

Generic Name: colestipol
Brand Name: Colestid

colestipol (Colestid) tablet of 1 gm. and granule packet

Generic Name: cholestyramine
Brand Name: Questran

cholestyramine (Questran) powder

Nicotinic acid (vitamin B3 or niacin) is most effective in increasing HDL cholesterol and modestly effective in lowering LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.

Nicotinic acid (vitamin B3 or niacin) is most effective in increasing HDL cholesterol and modestly effective in lowering LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.

Generic Name: niacin, nicotinic acid, vitamin B3
Brand Name: Niacor, Niaspan, Slo-Niacin

niacin, nicotinic acid, vitamin B3 (Niacor, Niaspan, Slo-Niacin) tablets of 500 and 1000 mg.

Cholesterol absorption inhibitors work by preventing the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine.

Cholesterol absorption inhibitors work by preventing the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine.

Generic Name: ezetimibe
Brand Name: Zetia

ezetimibe (Zetia) tablets of 10 mg.

Drug combinations may be prescribed to better combat 'bad' cholesterol.

Drug combinations may be prescribed to better combat “bad” cholesterol.

Generic Name: ezetimibe/simvastatin
Brand Name: Vytorin

ezetimibe/simvastatin (Vytorin) tablets of  10/10, 10/20, 10/40 and 10/80 mg.

Generic Name: niacin and lovastatin
Brand Name: Advicor

niacin and lovastatin (Advicor) tablet of 500/20 and 1000/20 mg

Cholesterol-altering drugs commonly used in the United States.

Chart of cholesterol-altering drugs commonly used in the United States.

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