High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

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What is high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)?

Hypercholesterolemia is a condition with abnormally high levels of cholesterol in the blood. Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited form of high cholesterol and occurs more frequently in certain populations, including Afrikaners in South Africa, French Canadians, Lebanese, and Finns.

Common symptoms reported by people with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

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

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

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

(Lipitor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
106
Treatment name(s)

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

(Crestor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Treatment name(s)

(Pravachol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
anxious mood (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
depressed mood (20) pain (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
anxious mood (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (17)

Data from patients with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), who reported starting treatments within 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) (56 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle pain charley horses in calves 11 more
Total evaluations
68
Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches pain in legs 1 more
Total evaluations
11
Treatment name(s)

(Crestor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (26 evaluations)
Side effects
bad mood muscle pain
Total evaluations
30
Treatment name(s)

(Pravachol)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination muscle weakness 1 more
Total evaluations
13
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness bipolar depressive episodes 6 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 11 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain anxious mood 36 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
depressed mood (20) pain (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation high feeling 2 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime tiredness drowsiness 2 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness anorgasmia 3 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (17)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 58
30s 331
40s 1,176
50s 2,590
60s 2,248
70+ 652
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 28
20-29 years 77
30-39 years 144
40-49 years 206
50-59 years 104
60-69 years 21
70+ years 5

Sex

Distribution of sex

71% Female
29% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,717
Not Diagnosed 35

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