Cholesterol-lowering medication

There are several different types of cholesterol-lowering medication which work in different ways.  Your GP can advise you about the most suitable type of treatment.

Commonly prescribed medication is outlined below.

Statins which block the enzyme (a type of chemical) in your liver that is needed to make cholesterol, and reduce your blood cholesterol level.

Low-dose aspirin (depending on your age -children under 16 should not take aspirin and a number of other factors)  can prevent blood clots from forming.

Niacin is a B vitamin that is found in foods and multivitamin supplements. In high doses (available by prescription), niacin lowers LDL and triglycerides and raises HDL. However, it can cause side effects, particularly flushing (turning red in the face), so is not commonly used.

Ezetimibe is a medication that blocks the absorption of cholesterol from food and bile juices in your intestines into your blood. It is generally not as effective as statins, but is well tolerated and can be taken at the same time as your usual statin if required and tolerable.

You can help prevent getting high blood cholesterol by eating a healthy, balanced diet that is low in saturated fat.

Losing weight

If you are overweight, losing weight should help reduce your cholesterol level. Regular exercise can help you lose weight.

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Your Cholesterol

Cholesterol is mostly made by the liver from the fatty foods we eat and is vital for the normal functioning of the body, however having an excessively high level of Cholesterol can have a serious effect on your health.


Eating a healthy diet that is low in saturated fats can reduce your level of bad cholesterol.

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