There are many types of cholesterol medicines available. Besides niacin, 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®)
- Bile acid sequestrants (WelChol®, Prevalite®, Questran®, Questran® Light, LoCholest®, Colestid®).
For lowering cholesterol and/or triglycerides, the type of medicine your doctor recommends will be based on many things, including your levels of total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides. Other things that may play a role include 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 alternatives for Niaspan may or may not be right for you.
(Click Cholesterol Medications to learn more about these other classes of cholesterol medicines and whether these possible substitutes for Niaspan could make sense in your particular situation.)