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
1071
Treatment name(s)

(Crestor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
293
Treatment name(s)

(Pravachol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
355
Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
777
Treatment name(s)

(Zetia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

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

(Vytorin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8

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) (45 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle pain decreased sex drive (libido) 5 more
Total evaluations
52
Treatment name(s)

(Crestor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
nerve pain (neuralgia)
Total evaluations
11
Treatment name(s)

(Pravachol)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (7 evaluations)
Side effects
deep muscle pain in left thigh dental cavities 11 more
Total evaluations
7
Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (2 evaluations)
Side effects
mucus in stool
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

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

(Repatha)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
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?

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

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 43
30s 311
40s 1183
50s 3266
60s 3883
70+ 1656

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3324
Female 7130

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2051
Not Diagnosed 35

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