In most cases, treatment for high cholesterol begins with lifestyle changes, such as changing your diet and becoming more physically active. Keep in mind that these changes may not yield immediate results. In fact, it may take three to six months to see the full effects of these lifestyle changes on your cholesterol levels.
If lifestyle changes alone are not enough to control your cholesterol, medications also can be used. Statins, bile acid sequestrants, fibrates, nicotinic acid, and cholesterol absorption inhibitors are some of the drugs currently used to treat high cholesterol.
(Click Cholesterol Treatment for more specific information on the different options your healthcare provider may recommend.)