Cholesterol Treatment

Non Statin drugs help to reduce blood cholesterol levels

Statins are a class of drugs that helps prevent and treat high cholesterol levels and reduce the incidence atherosclerosis a precursor to cardiovascular disease (CVD). Non-Statin drugs are another other options for lowering cholesterol. A doctor may recommend Statins or Non Statins or a combination of the two as a part of a medication plan to reduce cholesterol.  

Non Statins though not as popular as Statins, may not have as many side effects. This class of drugs can lowers LDL or bad cholesterol level significantly and increase HDL or good cholesterol to some extent.

Non Statins are basically divided into three categories. These categories are Bile Acid Sequestrants, Fibrates and Cholesterol Absorption Inhibitors. Drugs of each of these categories work in different ways to reduce cholesterol LDL and increase HDL levels.

Although Non Statins have fewer side-effects than Statins, it is advisable to consult a physician before starting these drugs.

Niacin or nicotinic acid is a member of the B vitamin family and is prescribed by doctors to lower LDL levels. It is an over the counter drug and can reduce LDL levels by as much as 15 to 20%. It is also helpful in reducing the levels of triglycerides and increasing the level of HDL. Unlike a lot of other statins or non statin drugs, niacin works on three different fronts and helps to create a beneficial lipid profile.

Just like any other cholesterol reducing drug, niacin (even though it is an OTC drug) should not be taken without consulting a physician.