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
104
Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Treatment name(s)

(Crestor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Treatment name(s)

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

(Pravachol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
depressed mood (19) Pain (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Pain (17) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Pain (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
anxious mood (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
depressed mood (14) anxious mood (2)

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) (54 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle pain charley horses in calves 11 more
Total evaluations
66
Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (7 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches pain in legs 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Crestor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (25 evaluations)
Side effects
bad mood elevated CPK enzymes 1 more
Total evaluations
29
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness bipolar depressive episodes 6 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Pravachol)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination muscle weakness 1 more
Total evaluations
11
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain anxious mood 36 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
depressed mood (19) Pain (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 10 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (17) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation high feeling 1 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
Pain (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime tiredness dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness neck movement dizziness (cervicogenic dizziness) 1 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
depressed mood (14) anxious mood (2)
  • 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 57
30s 318
40s 1,163
50s 2,553
60s 2,203
70+ 614
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 28
20-29 years 74
30-39 years 140
40-49 years 204
50-59 years 105
60-69 years 21
70+ years 5

Sex

Distribution of sex

71% Female
29% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,700
Not Diagnosed 35

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