Harvard Heart Letter

Beyond statins: Assessing the alternatives

Some people experience side effects from statins or need additional medications to achieve healthy cholesterol levels. For them, non-statin drugs may be an option. These medicines, which include bile acid binders, fibrates, niacin, and the cholesterol-absorption inhibitor ezetimibe (Zetia), don’t help lower lipid levels as much as statins, nor are they proven to reduce heart attacks. But doctors recommend them in certain situations.
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