Cholesterol Absorption Inhibitors

A newer drug class, Zetia is a cholesterol absorption inhibitor that was approved in 2002 by the FDA.  By itself it reduces LDL by 18 to 20%/  It does this by decreasing absorption of cholesterol and other drugs within this class also mildly lower triglycerides.

Very useful for prescribing to people who cannot take statins or as another drug that can be taken if those who take statins have side effects if the statin dose is increased.  Adding a cholesterol inhibitor to a statin increased the lowering effect by a 2 to 3 fold factor.

There may be interactions with other drugs so make certain your doctor has a complete list of all prescribed and non-prescribed medications you are taking. 

Cholesterol Information
What is Cholesterol?
Diagnosing High Cholesterol
Causes of High Cholesterol
Cholesterol Medication
Statins
Bile Acid Sequestrants
Cholesterol Absorption Inhibitors
Fibrates
Reducing Cholesterol With Your Diet
Foods That Reduce Cholesterol
Saturated Fat in Oils
Changing Your Diet to Reduce Cholesterol
Cholesterol and Impotence
Site Map