The answer really varies on the person. Lipitor is a medication that lowers bad cholesterol levels. It is taken orally. The dosage is based on your medical condition, age, other medication you may be taking, and your response to the treatment of Lipitor. You have to tell your doctor if you are taking any medications. Besides, Lipitor has serious side effects, like inflammation and increased liver enzymes. It is very costly; although, there are generic forms of Lipitor that are less expensive.
Niacin is another option. It is essentially a B vitamin that lowers both the bad cholesterol and triglycerides along with fats which can be harmful in high levels.
However, niacin comes with negative side effects since it can raise blood sugar. It can also increase the risk of liver problems and gout.
But you can eat food that would lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or the “bad” cholesterol. For instance, oatmeal is a soluble fiber that reduces the bad cholesterol. The soluble fibers can also be found in barley, prunes, apples, pears, and kidney beans. These foods would help you lower your cholesterol levels. Niacin can be taken two or three times a day.
Eating red yeast rice is another option. Red yeast rice is derived from a fungus that grows on rice. It has small amounts of lovastatin, an alternative to those who cannot take Lipitor.
Bile acid sequestrants are also another option (Questran, Welchol, Colestid). They trick the body into producing more bile, which then lowers LDL cholesterol by about 20 to 15%.
The side effects of bile acid sequesterants can include stomach pains, nausea, and constipation. They clash with other drugs.
Eating fatty fish is also another option to help you lower your cholesterol. The high levels of omega 3 fatty acids can help reduce your blood pressure and the risk of developing blood clots.
And finally, try an exercise program like the Customized Fat Loss workout. It is a great way to raise the high density lipoprotein (HDL), the good cholesterol. People with a risk of heart attack can reduce their risk by 25% with exercise.
Exercise does not really have any side effects. You can injure yourself, if you are not careful. But it is really a good way to help these medications on the sidelines.