High cholesterol


About High cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much in your blood, it can combine with other substances in the blood and stick to the walls of your arteries. This is called plaque. Plaque can narrow your arteries or even block them.

High levels of cholesterol in the blood can increase your risk of heart disease. Your cholesterol levels tend to rise as you get older. There are usually no signs or symptoms that you have high blood cholesterol, but it can be detected with a blood test. You are likely to have high cholesterol if members of your family have it, if you are overweight or if you eat a lot of fatty foods.

You can lower your cholesterol by exercising more and eating more fruits and vegetables. You also may need to take medicine to lower your cholesterol.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • Also known as
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Dyslipidemia

Top Medications for High cholesterol according to our users

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All Medications for High cholesterol

  • Laxative > Bulk-producing

    • Metamucil

      The natural psyllium fiber in Metamucil (Psyllium) does more than relieve constipation. It lowers cholesterol, keeps blood sugar levels healthy, and makes you feel less hungry between meals.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Liquid

Fiber supplement

  • Benefiber

    Benefiber is an excellent fiber supplement. It's easy to use and doesn't clump up like other supplements.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Liquid
    • Pill
    • Chewable tablet

Medication side effects for High cholesterol

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for diarrhea.

  • Lovastatin: 3%
  • Vytorin: 14%
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At this end, no one is expected to have diarrhea

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have diarrhea

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for High cholesterol

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • eat healthier
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Exercise
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Diet high in Omega 3 and becoming Vegan
  • Biking