There are many types of cholesterol medicines available. Besides bile acid sequestrants, the four other major classes of cholesterol medications are:
- Statins (Crestor®, Pravachol®, Lescol®, Mevacor®, Altoprev®, Lipitor®, Zocor®)
- Fibrates (Lopid®, Tricor®, Antara™, Lipofen®, Triglide™, Lofibra®)
- 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 other medical conditions. Each of these types of cholesterol medicines works a little differently, so depending on your situation, these possible alternatives for Cholestyramine may or may not be appropriate for you.
(Click Cholesterol Medications to learn more about these other classes of cholesterol medicines and whether they make sense in your particular situation.)