The statin drugs, also known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are the most popular and powerful medications for improving cholesterol profile . They work by interfering with HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme necessary for the body's manufacture of cholesterol. Drugs in this family include:
- Atorvastatin calcium (Lipitor),
- Fluvastatin (Lescol),
- Lovastatin (Mevacor),
- Pravastatin (Pravachol),
- Simvastatin (Zocor),
- Rosuvastatin (Crestor),
- and others.
The herb chaparral ( Larrea tridentate or L. mexicana ) has been promoted for use in arthritis, cancer, and various other conditions, but there is insufficient evidence supporting its effectiveness. There are, however, concerns about its apparent liver toxicity.
(Symphytum officinale) (Tussilago farfara)
Niacin (nicotinic acid) is vitamin B 3 . In high doses (often 1,500 mg daily or more), niacin is effective in lowering cholesterol levels. Its other form, niacinamide (nicotinamide), does not affect cholesterol.
Red yeast rice is an herbal cholesterol-lowering therapy. It contains a mixture of statins; its primary statin ingredient is lovastatin, making it most closely resemble the prescription drug Mevacor.
Based on the similarity of red yeast rice to statin drugs, the two should not be combined without medical supervision.
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- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -