Many types of cholesterol medicines are available. Besides fibrates, the four other major classes of cholesterol medications are:
- Statins (Crestor®, Lescol®, Pravachol®, Mevacor®, Altoprev®, Lipitor®, Zocor®)
- Bile acid sequestrants (Prevalite®, Questran®, Questran Light®, LoCholest®, Colestid®, WelChol®)
- Cholesterol absorption inhibitors (Zetia®)
- Niacin (nicotinic acid, Niaspan®, Niacor®, Nicolar®).
For lowering cholesterol and/or triglycerides, the type of medicine that your doctor recommends will be based on many things, like your cholesterol levels (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides), heart disease risk factors, and whether other medical conditions are present.
Each of these types of cholesterol medicines works a little differently, so depending on your situation, these Antara alternatives may or may not make sense for you.
(Click Cholesterol Medications to learn more about these other classes of cholesterol medicines and whether these Antara alternatives make sense in your particular situation.)