Bile Acid Resins Used to Treat Cholesterol
A class of drug that is not actually absorbed by the body but works to alter the way the body processes cholesterol is known as a bile acid resin. Bile acid resins can lower the bad cholesterol – the Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and raise the High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol simultaneously through this process.
The process of reducing cholesterol in the blood stream through the use of bile acid resins works like this. The liver normally uses cholesterol to create bile necessary for digestion. When a bile acid resin is consumed it prohibits the processing of the cholesterol so that the liver is forced to draw cholesterol out of the blood in order to make enough bile. This reduces the amount of cholesterol in the blood stream.
There are some precautions to take when using a bile acid resin. This kind of drug therapy, given usually in a powder form, affects the absorption of vitamins and many other medications. In order to counter the effect, most people in this kind of cholesterol reduction therapy must take a vitamin supplement to ensure they are getting enough nutrients.
Generally bile acid resins can lower total cholesterol by 10 to 20 percent. The most common drugs in this category are cholestryamine, colestipol, and colesvelam. Sometimes they are prescribed in conjunction with statin drugs, fibrates or nicotinic acid, all of which are used to treat cholesterol. When combined they can bring cholesterol down by 50 percent. However, the more drugs used, the greater the risk for potentially harmful side effects. These can be anything from nausea and vomiting to severe muscle pain which is indicative of kidney failure.
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