Reduce Cholesterol

Microsomal Triglyceride Transfer Protein Inhibitors
Approved in December 2012, lomitapide (Juxtapid™) is the first and only medication in this class. It is approved for a specific genetic high cholesterol disorder known as homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH).
 
This medication may be prescribed and dispensed only by healthcare providers and pharmacies that have been specially certified to do so, due to the potentially serious risks associated with its use. In particular, lomitapide can cause serious liver problems.
 
Oligonucleotide Inhibitors
Approved in January 2013, mipomersen (Kynamro™) is the first and only medication in this class. It is approved for a specific genetic high cholesterol disorder known as homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH). It is given as an injection just under the skin (a subcutaneous injection) once a week and is intended for use in combination with other cholesterol medications. Like many other cholesterol medications, mipomersen can cause serious liver problems, and careful monitoring of the liver (using routine blood tests) is recommended.
 

Reducing Cholesterol: Final Thoughts

Cholesterol serves an important purpose in keeping the body healthy; however, an excess in the blood over a long period of time can lead to serious health problems.
 
Having high levels of cholesterol for too long can greatly increase your risk of serious medical problems, including heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, and other heart and blood vessel problems.
 
Commitment and care from you and your healthcare providers can make a difference as you work to reduce your cholesterol. Whatever the approach you take, making a lifelong commitment to this process is a worthy goal.
 
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