Using Fibrates to Lower Cholesterol Means Life Long Medication
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Fibric acid derivatives also called fibrates are a class of drugs used in lowering overall cholesterol by targeting triglyceride problems and raising the good cholesterol or High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) in the blood. Many other types of drugs used to lower cholesterol focus solely on reducing bad (LDL) cholesterol. Fibrates do little to lower LDL cholesterol and can even have adverse affects.
Sold under various brand names, there are three main types of fibric acid derivatives. The first is clofibrate sold as Atromid. Also fenofibrate (Tricor) is a fibric acid derivative that can raise HDL cholesterol and reduce the level of triglycerides in the blood. Finally, gemifibrozil (Lopid) is used to change the ratio of LDL to HDL cholesterol in an effort to improve overall cholesterol levels.
Once beginning treatment of high cholesterol using fibrates, most people will need to remain on the drugs. The prescriptions also come with cautions. No more than 2 glasses of alcohol can be consumed a day. Drinking grapefruit juice also affects the efficacy of the fibrates because it interferes with the way the body processes the fibric acid derivatives.
There are restrictions for some people and those with liver disease, kidney or gallbladder disease, diabetes or anunder active thyroid gland should use caution in taking any form of fibrates. It is not safe for nursing mothers. Some side effects include muscle weakness and flu like feelings. These can be indications of serious complications from the use of fibrates.
Even fibrates cannot be a substitute for a low cholesterol diet. To lower LDL cholesterol naturally, diet is the most important factor. HDL cholesterol levels can be raised effectively through moderate, sustained exercise. A complete program to lower cholesterol naturally is found in The 60-Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure.
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