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)

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How bad it is
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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia)

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

(Lipitor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
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Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
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Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
Pain (26)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) Pain (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Anxious mood (22) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Pain (18) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Insomnia (18) Depressed mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Anxious mood (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)

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Side effects
Total evaluations
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Treatment name(s)

(Lipitor)
Perceived effectiveness
for High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia) (56 evaluations)
Side effects
Muscle pain Cramps in legs 12 more
Total evaluations
65
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Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Perceived effectiveness
for High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Pain in legs 2 more
Total evaluations
11
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Treatment name(s)

(Crestor)
Perceived effectiveness
for High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia) (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Bad mood Elevated CPK enzymes 2 more
Total evaluations
27
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Treatment name(s)

(Pravachol)
Perceived effectiveness
for High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Frequent urination 2 more
Total evaluations
11
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Abdominal bloating 12 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (26)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dry mouth 14 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) Pain (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Bipolar depressive episodes 4 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Anxious mood (22) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Dry mouth 9 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
Pain (18) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Bad dreams 5 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Insomnia (18) Depressed mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Daytime tiredness
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Anxious mood (17)
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  • 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 289
40s 922
50s 1,875
60s 1,480
70+ 360
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 28
20-29 years 66
30-39 years 128
40-49 years 185
50-59 years 97
60-69 years 20
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

71% Female
29% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,634
Not Diagnosed 36

These charts show data from High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia) patients who have completed their condition history
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