Other Cholesterol Medicines as Altoprev AlternativesThere are many types of cholesterol medicines available. Besides statins, the four other major classes of cholesterol medications are:
- Bile acid sequestrants (Prevalite®, Questran®, Questran Light®, LoCholest®, Colestid®, WelChol®)
- Cholesterol absorption inhibitors (Zetia®)
- Fibrates (such as Lopid®, Tricor®, Antara®, Lipofen®, Triglide®, Lofibra™)
- Niacin (nicotinic acid, Niaspan®, Niacor®, Nicolar®).
Combination medications that contain two different cholesterol medications are also available (Juvisync®, Vytorin®, Advicor®, Simcor®, Caduet, Liptruzet).
For lowering cholesterol, the type of medicine your doctor recommends will be based on many things, like your cholesterol levels (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides), heart disease risk factors, and other medical conditions. Each of these types of cholesterol medicines works a little differently, so depending on your situation, these possible alternatives for Altoprev may or may not be right for you.
(Click Cholesterol Medications to learn more about these other classes of cholesterol medicines and whether these possible substitutes for Altoprev may make sense in your particular situation.)