Medications Used to Treat Cholesterol
Statins are the most commonly prescribed class of medications for lowering high LDL cholesterol levels. They work by inhibiting an enzyme in the liver that produces cholesterol.
By reducing cholesterol production, statins help lower harmful levels of cholesterol and decrease the risk of cardiovascular issues.
PCSK9 Inhibitors are a newer class of medications that help lower high cholesterol levels by blocking a protein called PCSK9, which can typically increase cholesterol production in the liver. If this protein is controlled, cholesterol is removed from the bloodstream.
PCSK9 inhibitors are typically used in combination with statins to treat very high cholesterol levels or for patients who cannot tolerate statin medications.
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Common Questions About High Cholesterol
High cholesterol doesn’t typically cause any noticeable symptoms, and it’s often referred to as a silent killer. The only reliable way to determine if you have high cholesterol is through a blood test and regular screenings. These tests are especially important if you have a family history of high cholesterol. You should also get screened for cholesterol regularly if you:
•Are obese or overweight
•Eat a diet high in saturated fats and trans fats
•Don’t exercise regularly
Regular cholesterol screenings can help you to identify and treat any abnormal levels before it becomes a more serious health concern.
Cholesterol treatment is usually pretty straightforward, involving a combination of lifestyle changes and medication to help reduce risk factors. Lifestyle changes may include:
•Switching to a heart-healthy diet that is low in saturated fats and trans fats
•Exercising more regularly
•Maintaining a healthy weight
•Avoiding nicotine products like cigarettes
•Getting enough sleep to help repair heart and blood vessels
If lifestyle changes are insufficient or your cholesterol problems are too severe, your healthcare provider may recommend medication. These medications — such as statins or bile acid sequestrants — are used to help the body lower and manage cholesterol levels, keeping you healthy.
Online cholesterol treatments are a great way to access high-quality healthcare from the comfort of your home. With online health services like LifeMD, you’ll be connected to licensed healthcare professionals with years of medical experience. This ensures that you get the required treatment faster, and it’s also more affordable and convenient than in-person appointments.
LifeMD provides access to evidence-based information on heart-healthy measures you can implement to help you maintain lower cholesterol levels.
An online consultation works similarly to a traditional doctor’s appointment. You’ll schedule and attend a virtual appointment with a licensed healthcare provider through a telehealth platform.
During your consultation, your healthcare provider may ask you about your medical and family history, and any cholesterol-related symptoms or concerns. They may also ask about your diet and exercise routine. Based on this information, they’ll offer personalized recommendations and treatment plans.
After your virtual consultation, your healthcare provider will likely determine if you’ll need lab testing. If so, they can refer you to a nearby lab.
Once you’ve completed your tests, the results will be sent back to your provider who can discuss the results with you and determine next steps.
At LifeMD, licensed healthcare providers can write a prescription for cholesterol medication (or refill an existing prescription) if needed. These scripts will be sent to your local pharmacy, and your medication will be prepared for pickup.
LifeMD currently does not accept insurance for our memberships, however memberships are HSA/FSA eligible. Here are some other facts, tips, and pointers to help ensure you're saving on your medical care through LifeMD:
•Prescription Medications: We strongly recommend using the health insurance you have to pay for your prescription medications. If you find that your copay is too high, try out our prescription discount card - you could save up to 95% off wholesale price!
•Labs: Most labs are covered by insurance. LifeMD also offers significantly discounted lab pricing - up to 92% off! In many cases, we'll cover the cost of your labs.
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