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Lopid Used to Lower Cholesterol by Raising HDL
Lower cholesterol can be approached in different ways. One way is to raise the High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol. Another is to reduce triglycerides. Lopid is a drug designed to do both in an effort to reduce the risk of heart disease. It is used in combination with popular cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Lopid, generically known as gemfibrozil, inhibits the release of triglycerides from fat tissue. It also raises HDL which is the body’s internal cleansing agent. HDL clears excess bad cholesterol, called Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), as the blood passes through the arteries.
Most often Lopid is prescribed along with statin drugs which are intended to lower LDL cholesterol in the blood. This combination, however, was seen in one large study to actually increase one of the most dangerous side effects of statin drugs. Together, the drug combination can increase the occurrence of rhabdomyolysis which is a condition where the muscles breakdown, ultimately causing damage to the kidneys. This side effect is manifest by muscle soreness due to chemical by products of the breakdown. An inflamed pancreas is another side effect of Lopid that needs to be monitored.
The primary objective in prescribing Lopid is to reduce the incidence of heart attack in individuals who are at the greatest risk. Those with high triglycerides and low levels of HDL cholesterol are the most susceptible.
To avoid side effects altogether and lower cholesterol naturally, a diet that is low in fat and cholesterol is essential. Raising HDL cholesterol can be achieved through moderate exercise as effectively as with prescription drugs. A carefully formulated plan to lower cholesterol naturally can be found in The 60-Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure.
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