Cholesterol Health Topics

Featured Conditions and Diseases
Effects of high cholesterol due to atherosclerosis include angina, heart attack, and stroke. This eMedTV Web page highlights these and other health risks associated with this condition and also explains treatment options.
High levels of triglycerides can lead to health problems such as heart disease and heart attack. This eMedTV resource explains what triglycerides are, what causes levels to become high, possible symptoms, treatment options, and more.
Featured Medications
Advicor is a medicine commonly prescribed for the treatment of high cholesterol and triglycerides. This eMedTV segment describes how the drug works, explains the effects and common dosages, lists potential side effects, and more.
Altoprev is a prescription medication that helps lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. This eMedTV page explains how Altoprev works, when to take it, and possible side effects -- and provides links to other articles about Altoprev.
Antara is a prescription drug commonly used to help reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. This eMedTV article describes these uses in detail and also provides information on the drug's effects, potential side effects, and dosing guidelines.
Caduet is a combination drug prescribed to treat various conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. This eMedTV article describes the drug in detail, offering information on its effects, side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
Cholestyramine is a cholesterol medicine that is also used to treat itching caused by biliary obstruction. This eMedTV segment offers a more in-depth look at the drug, including its uses, potential side effects, and expected results.
Colestid is a brand-name medicine that is commonly prescribed for treating high cholesterol. This page of the eMedTV library offers a more in-depth look at how the drug works and also discusses potential side effects and dosing information.
Crestor is generally prescribed for treating high cholesterol and high triglycerides. This section of the eMedTV Web site offers an in-depth look at the drug, with information on its uses, dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and more.
Fenofibrate is a prescription drug used to help decrease cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body. This eMedTV segment offers a more in-depth look at the drug, including information on its uses, effects, general dosing guidelines, and more.
Flaxseed is a natural product that is used to lower cholesterol and relieve constipation. This eMedTV article explores other uses for this product, explains why it may provide health benefits, and discusses the safety and effectiveness of flaxseed.
Fluvastatin extended-release is a drug used to treat high cholesterol and high triglycerides. This eMedTV Web page provides a detailed overview of this statin drug, with information on its effects, dosing, possible side effects, and other uses.
Available by prescription, Juvisync is a drug used to lower cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. This eMedTV page presents an overview of this combination medicine, including how it works, general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and more.
Lescol is a prescription medication commonly used to treat high cholesterol and high triglycerides. This eMedTV segment offers an in-depth look at this drug and its uses, possible side effects, and dosages, with links to additional information.
This eMedTV page describes Lescol XL, a medicine used to treat high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and other conditions related to heart disease. This article offers a complete overview of this drug, including its uses, side effects, and more.
Lipitor is a medication used for the treatment of high cholesterol and high triglycerides. This eMedTV article provides an overview of the drug, including information about how it works, when and how to take it, potential side effects, and more.
Lipofen is a prescription fibrate drug licensed to treat unhealthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels. This eMedTV page describes how the medicine works, explains when and how to take it, and lists some of the potential side effects of the drug.
Livalo is a medicine prescribed to treat high cholesterol (in combination with a low-cholesterol diet). This eMedTV Web page discusses this medication in more detail, including potential side effects, dosing guidelines, available strengths, and more.
Lopid is a prescription drug used to lower triglycerides and cholesterol. This section of the eMedTV archives explains how Lopid can help prevent a stroke or heart attack and also covers the drug's uses, dosing, and side effects.
Lovastatin is approved for the treatment of conditions such as high cholesterol and triglycerides. This eMedTV resource offers an in-depth look at this medication, including its uses, dosing, possible side effects, overdose information, and more.
This page on the eMedTV Web site discusses the prescription medication lovastatin extended-release, which is used to treat high cholesterol and high triglycerides. This article outlines uses, dosing, and alternatives for this medication.
Lovaza is a prescription drug used for treating very high triglycerides. This article from the eMedTV library describes the effects of this fish oil medication, explains when and how to take it, and lists some of its potential side effects.
Niacin is a type of B vitamin that is available in the form of prescription drugs and dietary supplements. This eMedTV page explores the benefits of niacin, offers dosing information for the product, and lists potential side effects that may occur.
Niaspan is a prescription drug that lowers cholesterol and triglycerides in people who cannot lower their cholesterol through lifestyle changes alone. This eMedTV page covers Niaspan's uses, how it works, and how and when to take it.
Policosanol is a type of herbal supplement that is claimed to help lower cholesterol. This eMedTV Web page provides an overview of policosanol, including information on how this herbal supplement may work, possible side effects, and safety concerns.
Pravachol is a drug used to treat conditions such as high cholesterol and high triglycerides. This eMedTV resource offers an overview of this prescription statin drug, including its effects, dosages, potential side effects, and more.
Prevalite is a medicine used to treat high cholesterol and itching caused by partial biliary obstruction. This eMedTV resource explains how the drug works and offers information on its uses, effects, and dosing guidelines.
Red yeast rice may help lower cholesterol because it can contain large amounts of lovastatin. This eMedTV Web page offers an overview of red yeast rice, including information on how the product is fermented, possible side effects, and precautions.
Simcor is a prescription medicine commonly used for treating unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. This eMedTV article describes how the drug works, explains when and how to take it, and lists some of its potential side effects.
Soy lecithin is a supplement claimed to be useful for treating Alzheimer's disease and other conditions. This eMedTV segment covers other benefits of soy lecithin, explores the effectiveness of this product, and lists its potential side effects.
Statins are medications used for the treatment of high cholesterol. This eMedTV Web article provides an overview of these medications, including information about how they work, when and how to take them, potential side effects, and more.
Tricor is a drug that can help lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels. This eMedTV page provides information about how Tricor works, how to take your dosage, and who manufactures it. This page also lists precautions and side effects with Tricor.
Trilipix is a prescription drug approved for the treatment of high triglyceride and cholesterol levels. This eMedTV article describes how the drug works, explains when and how to take it, lists some of the possible side effects, and more.
Vascepa is a drug used to treat high triglyceride levels. This selection from the eMedTV Web library takes an in-depth look at this prescription medicine, with discussions on specific uses, how the drug is taken, potential side effects, and more.
Vytorin, a drug combining simvastatin and ezetimibe, is used for high cholesterol and high triglycerides. This eMedTV article further discusses the drug, including information on its uses, effects, strengths, potential side effects, and more.
WelChol is a prescription medication used to treat high cholesterol and diabetes. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at WelChol, providing detailed information on its uses, side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
Zetia is a medicine licensed to treat high cholesterol and sitosterolemia, a rare genetic condition. This eMedTV article discusses the effects of the prescription drug, how it works, how and when to take it, potential side effects, and more.
Zocor is often used to treat high cholesterol and high triglycerides, and to prevent cardiovascular disease. This eMedTV Web page discusses this prescription medication in detail, including side effects, dosing, strengths, and how it works.
Featured Anatomy
Low density lipoprotein (a substance that transports cholesterol) is often called "bad cholesterol." As this eMedTV article explains, too much of this substance in the blood may lead to blocked arteries and increases the risk for heart disease.
Cholesterol, found in every cell in your body, is needed to hold cells together, among other things. This eMedTV article explains the types of cholesterol and how too much in your blood can increase your risk of developing heart disease.
The term "good cholesterol" refers to high-density lipoprotein (HDL). This eMedTV resource provides an overview of good and bad cholesterol and explains how improving your HDL levels can lower your risk of heart disease.
Your body needs HDL (a type of cholesterol) to function properly. This page of the eMedTV archives provides a detailed look at this type of cholesterol, including what it does, what the numbers mean, and how you can increase it in your system.
LDL, also known as "bad" cholesterol, is a substance used to transport cholesterol throughout the body. This eMedTV page explains how too much of this cholesterol in the blood can build up on artery walls and lead to problems, like a heart attack.
Triglycerides are the main storage form of fat in the body. As this eMedTV article explains, they are used to create energy and serve as building blocks for cells. This Web page provides an in-depth look at triglycerides.
VLDL is short for very low density lipoprotein. This eMedTV Web page explains how this substance functions within the body, as well as its assumed role in the narrowing and hardening of the arteries (a condition called atherosclerosis).
Featured Other
Known as atherosclerosis, plaque buildup in the arteries can lead to various forms of heart disease. This eMedTV Web page explains how this buildup is formed and outlines its role in causing problems like angina and heart attacks.
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