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
87
Treatment name(s)

(Crestor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Pravachol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
anxious mood (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
depressed mood (14) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
anxious mood (13) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (11) anxious mood (1)
1 more

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) (40 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle pain charley horses in calves 5 more
Total evaluations
47
Treatment name(s)

(Crestor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
7
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation irritable bowel syndrome 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 7 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
anxious mood (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Pravachol)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (7 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle weakness stomach discomfort
Total evaluations
7
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
anxious mood (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
depressed mood (14) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
sedation
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
anxious mood (13) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
elevated blood pressure stomach pain 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (11) anxious mood (1)
1 more
  • 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 5
20s 51
30s 328
40s 1280
50s 3324
60s 3807
70+ 1453

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3273
Female 7078

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2033
Not Diagnosed 36

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