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These drugs, such as cholestyramine (Prevalite), colestipol (Colestid) and colesevelam (Welchol), bind to bile acids in the intestine. These acids contain cholesterol, which are then eliminated from the body.
Nicotinic acid (Niacin) is a water-soluble B vitamin that lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.
Fibrates, such as gemfibrozil (Lopid) and fenofibrate (Tricor), can raise good cholesterol if you have low HDL levels.
Your doctor will recommend a specific choice of medication or combination of medications based on a variety of factors, such as your individual risk factors, your age, your current health and possible side effects. Your doctor will also monitor your medication regularly and recommend lifestyle changes that will allow you to take less medication and lower your risk of heart disease.
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