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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
94
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Pravachol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Pain (17) Anxious mood (2)
2 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)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Insomnia (18) Depressed 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) (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Muscle pain Charlie horses in calves 12 more
Total evaluations
60
Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Pain in legs 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Crestor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Bad mood Elevated CPK enzymes 1 more
Total evaluations
27
Treatment name(s)

(Pravachol)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Frequent urination Muscle weakness 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Nightmares 14 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) Pain (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Bipolar depressive episodes 5 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Anxious mood (22) Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Dry mouth 11 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
Pain (17) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Abdominal bloating 6 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
Pain (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Daytime tiredness 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Bad dreams 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Insomnia (18) Depressed 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 298
40s 1,027
50s 2,154
60s 1,774
70+ 461
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 27
20-29 years 68
30-39 years 130
40-49 years 191
50-59 years 101
60-69 years 21
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

71% Female
29% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,651
Not Diagnosed 36

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