Medications: HMG CoA Reductase Inhibitors | Niacin | Nitroglycerin Sublingual or Spray
These medications are packaged under the names Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor, Lipitor or Lescol. They block the production of cholesterol within cells, causing the cells to increase specific receptors on their surface that will take up LDL cholesterol particles from the blood. This effect is especially prominent in the liver, which is the organcyclosporinely controls cholesterol in the body. As the number of LDL receptors increases, the levels of total and LDL cholesterol in the blood will go down.
Effects on Blood Lipids
Taken with other medication, such as cholestyramine resin, has led to a reversal of coronary artery blockage in a substantial number of patients.
Consult with your TCA physician about taking HMG CoA Reductase Inhibitors if you are taking cyclosporine, gemfibrozil, niacin, erythromycin or any other prescription medication, particularly those prescribed for cholesterol/lipid lowering purposes.
Times and amounts vary by patient; consult your physician or pharmacist. Typically, the drug is taken in the evening with food for better absorption.