Cholesterol absorption inhibitors are drugs that are administered to reduce cholesterol by preventing the absorption of cholesterol from the small intestines through to the circulatory system. This reduces the amount of cholesterol delivered to the liver leading to the circulation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles which reduces the chances of a heart attack. Cholesterol medication helps to control cholesterol levels but lifestyle and diet also play a role.
Cholesterol Absorption Inhibitors Drugs
Drugs that are classified as cholesterol absorption inhibitors are listed below.
Cholesterol Absorption Inhibitors Uses
Below you will find the uses of cholesterol absorption inhibitors.
- Treatment of hypercholesterolemia
- Lowers LDL cholesterol levels
- Decreases triglycerides
- Increases HDL
Cholesterol Absorption Inhibitors Side Effects
Like any other drug, cholesterol absorption inhibitors come with their own collection of side effects. Below you will find side effects associated with cholesterol absorption inhibitors. Note that all side effects are not listed here. If you experience severe side effects, contact your doctor immediately.
- Stomach pain and cramps
- Muscle soreness
Cholesterol Absorption Inhibitors Interactions
You should not use cholesterol absorption inhibitors if you have liver problems or are nursing or pregnant. You should not drink grapefruit juice while taking this drug. Consult your doctor if you are currently using birth control pills.