Cholesterol Home > Substitute for Zocor
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®)
- Nicotinic acid (nicotinic acid, Niacor®, Niaspan®, Nicolar®)
- Fibrates (such as Lopid®, Tricor®, Antara®, Lipofen®, Triglide®, or Lofibra™)
- Cholesterol absorption inhibitors (Zetia®).
There are also combination medicines available, such as Juvisync®, Simcor®, Vytorin®, Advicor®, Caduet®, and Liptruzet™.
For lowering cholesterol, the type of medicine 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 Zocor may or may not make sense for you.
(Click Cholesterol Medications to learn more about these other classes of cholesterol medicines and whether these Zocor substitutes could may make sense in your particular situation.)