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Cholesterol
About your treatment

  
TREATMENT OBJECTIVES

 

 

The primary goal of treatment for hypercholesterolemia is to lower its values to the normal range as much as possible.

Therefore, if you are within the following values, your treatment and lifestyle are meeting the objectives.

 

 

MEDICATION

 

 

In many cases if the cholesterol is elevated by a few numbers more than normal it can be reduced by modifying the lifestyle, this includes exercising periodically, having a healthier eating plan with less saturated fats or eliminating the habit of smoking.

The key point of the therapy is the long-term maintenance; therefore, the appropriate thing is a continuous and possibly lifelong therapy since its detection, this will help prevent complications. The therapy varies depending on the person and can range from simple changes in lifestyle, to the use of medications with medical prescription because sometimes, despite the effort applied, no significant changes are seen.

We present the medication used for high cholesterol

**Not all medicines might be available in your country. Talk to a health care professional.

 

REMEMBER TO FOLLOW YOUR TREATMENT

A disease such as high cholesterol cannot be overlooked. Generally, patients do not have symptoms that indicate that something is not right inside their body tend to think that it is not important to continue treatment.

When you are diagnosed with high cholesterol, your doctor seeks to provide the best treatment option to achieve lower values. Among the help that your medicine could give you are:9

  • Lower LDL or "bad" cholesterol
  • Decreased triglycerides (type of fat in the blood with negative effects)
  • Increase in HDL or "good" cholesterol

 

When talking about adherence to treatment, we talk about compliance with the indications given by your doctor, this includes dose and time, that is, the exact amount of medication at indicated doses.

If a patient has an adequate adherence to treatment, this can reduce the chances of having atherosclerosis, a stroke, angina or heart attacks. 10

 

WHAT SHOULD MY DOCTOR KNOW BEFORE PRESCRIBING THE MEDICATION?

  • Allergic reaction to any medication
  • If you are allergic to any food or compound
  • If you have or have had liver disease
  • Renal disease    

 

 

CELEBRATE LIFE GIVES YOU A SERIES OF RECOMMENDATIONS THAT CAN FACILITATE ADHERENCE TO TREATMENT

 

  • Always take your medication at the same time, preferably at bedtime or as instructed by your health care provider
  • You can take your medication at the same time you do some daily activity
  • You can set alarms or reminders
  • Use a weekly pillbox
  • Ask family members to remind you to take your medication

 

HOW SHOULD I STORE THIS TYPE OF MEDICATION?

Store at room temperature. Keep the container closed. Do not place it in very humid environments, heat or bright light. Remember to always store your medicines out of the reach of children. 

 

References

7. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. (2019). Nivel alto de colesterol en sangre . Retrieved from NIH: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/espanol/nivel-alto-de-colesterol-en-sangre

8. American Heart Association . (2018). Cholesterol Medications. Retrieved from AHA: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/prevention-and-treatment-of-high-cholesterol-hyperlipidemia/cholesterol-medications

9. Mayo Clinic. (2019). Medicamentos para el colesterol: considere las opciones. Retrieved from Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/es-es/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/cholesterol-medications/art-20050958

10. Mayo Clinic. (2017). Niveles de Colesterol Alto. Retrieved from Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/es-es/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/symptoms-causes/syc-20350800