High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

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What is high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)?

Hypercholesterolemia is a condition characterized by abnormally high levels of cholesterol in the blood. While the body needs cholesterol to function properly, an excess amount may accumulate over time and subsequently affect blood flow and cardiovascular function.

Common symptoms reported by people with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

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Treatments taken by people for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lipitor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1118
Treatment name(s)

(Crestor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
325
Treatment name(s)

(Zetia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Treatment name(s)

(Pravachol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
358
Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
799
Treatment name(s)

(Niaspan)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
18
Treatment name(s)

(Praluent)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
0
Treatment name(s)

(Colestipol Suspension)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Treatment name(s)

(Repatha)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
0
Treatment name(s)

(Vytorin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9

Data from patients with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lipitor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (36 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
36
Treatment name(s)

(Crestor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
17
Treatment name(s)

(Zetia)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (3 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Pravachol)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (7 evaluations)
Side effects
flatulence stomach discomfort
Total evaluations
7
Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (3 evaluations)
Side effects
mucus in stool
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Niaspan)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (4 evaluations)
Side effects
flushing heat rashes
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Praluent)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Colestipol Suspension)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Repatha)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Vytorin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 11 new patients joined this month
  • 778 say high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 32
30s 261
40s 998
50s 2957
60s 4116
70+ 2210

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3422
Female 7272

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2076
Not Diagnosed 35

These charts show data from high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) patients who have completed their condition history
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