How Does Altoprev Work?Altoprev is part of a class of drugs called statins. Altoprev works by blocking a particular enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. This causes the liver to make less cholesterol. It also increases the liver's ability to collect and get rid of LDL cholesterol.
Because of the effects of Altoprev, the following forms of cholesterol and fats are decreased:
Altoprev as One Part of Cholesterol TreatmentThe main goal of any high cholesterol treatment is to lower your LDL cholesterol enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to high cholesterol (see Effects of High Cholesterol). The higher your risk, the lower your LDL goal will be.
(Click High Cholesterol Risk to see a list of risk factors that may affect your cholesterol level and guidelines for ideal LDL cholesterol levels.)
Any cholesterol treatment begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, low cholesterol diet, exercise, etc.). If lifestyle changes are not effective at lowering cholesterol to a good level, cholesterol medication, such as Altoprev, may be necessary.
Is Altoprev Used for Children?Altoprev has not been approved to treat high cholesterol in children.
Is Altoprev Used for Off-Label Reasons?On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Altoprev for something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for Altoprev.