High cholesterol can often be managed with lifestyle changes such as a better diet and more exercise. If this isn't enough, your doctor may prescribe cholesterol medication.
Nicotinic acid drugs or the vitamin niacin in high doses can reduce bad LDL cholesterol and increase HDL good cholesterol. Niacin has also been shown to reduce harmful triglycerides.
Fibric acids or fibrates also reduce triglycerides and increase HDL good cholesterol. Fibric acid is in the cholesterol medications Lopid and Tricor.
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