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

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
105
Treatment name(s)

(Crestor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
anxious mood (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Pravachol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
depressed mood (17) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
depressed mood (14) pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
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)

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lipitor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (53 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle pain charley horses in calves 6 more
Total evaluations
64
Treatment name(s)

(Crestor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (8 evaluations)
Side effects
bad mood
Total evaluations
10
Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (20 evaluations)
Side effects
restless legs at night
Total evaluations
20
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness bipolar depressive episodes 5 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (37 evaluations)
Side effects
vertigo blurry vision 9 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation irritable bowel syndrome 2 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Pravachol)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (5 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination muscle weakness
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness neck movement dizziness (cervicogenic dizziness)
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
depressed mood (17) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain bipolar depressive episodes 33 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
depressed mood (14) pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness brain fog 7 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (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 54
30s 309
40s 1177
50s 2725
60s 2719
70+ 932

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2329
Female 5661

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1973
Not Diagnosed 37

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