Anticholesteremic agent

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In medicine, an anticholesteremic agent is any drug used to lower the serum cholesterol in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia."


Hydroxymethylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (Statins)

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) estimated that after 5 to 7 years of treatment with statins, the relative risk reduction of coronary heart disease events is decreased by approximately 30%[1][2]. More recently, a meta-analysis reported an almost identical relative risk reduction of 29.2% in low risk patients treated for 4.3 years [3]. A relative risk reduction of 19% in coronary mortality was found in a meta-analysis of patients at all levels of risk.[4]

Statins benefit patients with high fish oil consumption.[5]


Fibrates (fibric acid derivatives)

Bile acid sequestrants

Bile acid sequestrants



For more information, see: Hypercholesterolemia.


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