Simple cholesterol guidelines or home remedies are enough to control cholesterol, still your cholesterol level is not controlled then you may need cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Even if your doctor prescribes a cholesterol-reducing drug, the drug alone cannot make any magic, and you need to help it work better. Your need to support the medication by the followings:
- Keep following a cholesterol-lowering diet.
- Try to increase your physical activity.
- Try hard to reduce your weight if you are overweight.
- If you are a smoker, then plan to quit.
- Control other heart-disease risk factors, including high blood pressure and diabetes.
Following all the above suggestion can make your medication work well in lowering your cholesterol levels or may help you to reduce the amount of drugs you need. Additionally, it reduces your risk for heart disease.
What are all you can expect from Cholesterol medications?
- It can lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol that increases the heart disease risks.
- It can lower your triglycerides (a type of fat within the blood) that also increase the heart disease risks.
- It can increase your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the "good" cholesterol that helps protection from heart disease.
Types of Cholesterol Lowering Medication Drugs
Doctor may suggest you a drug or a combination of cholesterol medications. Hereafter you are going to see the benefits, cautions, and possible side effects for common types of cholesterol medications.
Along with your cholesterol-lowering medication, you should still follow a cholesterol-reducing diet, be physically more active, try to lose weight (if overweight), and control (or stop) all other risk factors for heart disease (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking).
Following all these steps simultaneously can help you to lessen the dose of cholesterol medication or make the medication work more effectively. Additionally, it can lessen the chance of the risks associated with high cholesterol.