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®).
There are also combination medicines available, such as Simcor®, Vytorin®, Juvisync®, Advicor®, Caduet®, and Liptruzet™.
For lowering cholesterol, the type of medicine your doctor recommends will be based on many things, such as your cholesterol levels (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides), heart disease risk factors, and other medical conditions. Each of these medications work a little differently, so depending on your situation, these possible Lipitor alternatives may or may not make sense for you.
(Click Cholesterol Medications to learn more about these other classes of cholesterol medicines and whether these possible alternatives to Lipitor make sense in your situation.)