Many types of cholesterol medicines are available. Besides statins, the four other major classes of cholesterol medications are:
- Bile acid sequestrants (Prevalite®, Questran®, Questran Light®, LoCholest®, Colestid®, WelChol®)
- Niacin (nicotinic acid, Niacor®, Niaspan®, Nicolar®)
- Fibrates (such as Lopid®, Tricor®, Antara®, Lipofen®, Triglide®, Lofibra™)
- Cholesterol absorption inhibitors (Zetia®).
For lowering cholesterol, the type of medicine that your doctor recommends will be based on many things, including your cholesterol levels (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides), heart disease risk factors, and other medical conditions you may have. Each of these types of cholesterol medicines works a little differently; so depending on your situation, these possible substitutes for Crestor may or may not make sense for you.
(Click Cholesterol Medications to learn more about these other classes of cholesterol medicines and whether these alternatives to Crestor could make sense in your particular situation.)