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
28
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (16) 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)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
anxious mood (15) depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
anxious mood (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
anxious mood (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
depressed mood (15) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16

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) (47 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle pain charley horses in calves 4 more
Total evaluations
56
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (33 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
pain (16) 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) (6 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination muscle weakness 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain sedation
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
anxious mood (15) depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
anxious mood (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness brain fog 7 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness neck movement dizziness (cervicogenic dizziness)
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
depressed mood (15) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zocor)
Perceived effectiveness
for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
14
  • 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 2
20s 53
30s 304
40s 1136
50s 2702
60s 2801
70+ 1015

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2382
Female 5705

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1990
Not Diagnosed 37

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