Cholesterol Treatment

Are There Any Side-effects to HDL Boosters?

The two most popular boosters (medications) used for improving the levels of HDL-Cholesterol in the blood are niacin (water soluble Vitamin B) and Statins . However, they can not be taken indiscriminately. Both of them leave side-effects on the body, albeit of different intensities and duration. Here is a glimpse of what you can experience.

Statins : Statins like Lipitor and Zocor are considered excellent for treating lower levels of HDL-Cholesterol . With their help, levels of the bad cholesterol (LDL ) can be decreased by up to 60 per cent. Another good part is that there are no major side-effects of the medicine.

The only side-effects that you will experience are as follows:

* Abdominal cramps
* Gas
* Constipation
* Upset stomach
* In rare cases, muscle soreness

These side effects, as you might have noticed, are of very small intensity and usually the result of body's initial inability to cope up with them. However, as the body gets accustomed to their presence, side-effects of Statins start to go away.

Nicotinic acids : This is merely another name for Niacin, a water soluble Vitamin (vitamin B). Niacin is considered an excellent supplement to increase the levels of HDL-Cholesterol in the blood. It is inexpensive and is easily available at almost all drugstores without a prescription. However, its overdose can give you some pretty nasty side-effects:

* Flushing: This is the sudden opening of blood vessels.
* Diarrhea
* Activation of peptic ulcers
* Liver problems
* Results in high blood sugar
* Indigestion
* Gas
* Gout
* Nausea
* Vomiting

Hence, just because the medication is cheap and available easily should not prompt you to consume as much quantities of it as you want. Niacin works best when taken under close supervision of a physician. A doctor would begin the course with a prescription for an immediate release formula.

Important Note: Even otherwise, you should know the fact that as you increase the intake of niacin the chances of you developing high blood sugar, liver problems, and gout would increase.

You should monitor your blood pressure closely if you are also taking medication for treatment of high blood pressure. Further, it is best to avoid taking niacin if you are a diabetic. It would only result in increased levels of blood sugar.

Some Tips on Reducing Side-effects of HDL Boosters


The side effects of HDL boosters can be minimized by adhering to the prescription of the doctor. While this may increase the responding time of the drugs, it would surely avoid you any painful side-effects.

There is one more thing that you can do. Instead of taking medications to boost your HDL-Cholesterol levels, it is best that you go the natural way . Eat foods rich in monosaturated fatty acids (like olive and avocado). That would result in absolutely no side-effects on your body.