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High Cholesterol - Can't take a Statin?
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An_188243 posted:
I have very high Cholesterol from genetics - 320 total. I tried two different statins and both elevated my liver enzymes. Diet and Exercise was NOT enough to lower it.

My Doctor then tried me on Fenofibrate and it lowered my Triglycerides by 300 points with out ANY issues with the liver with in 4 weeks.
I'm still waiting on total Cholesterol level results, but you may want to ask your Doctor about Fenofibrate if you can't take a statin.
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toneman84084 responded:
I've been taking Simvastatin along with a Fenofibrate (Tricor) for years, it's a very good drug which works by helping to breakdown fats in your digestive system.

Although they work best of serum TGL's they have been shown to lower LDL in excess of 10% when used along with diet and exercise. The one exception is for people with very high serum TGL's, where they may actually cause an increase in LDL. From the manufacturer;


Fenofibrate can actually cause an increase in LDL cholesterol for people with very high levels of triglycerides (greater than 350 mg/dL). Therefore, the medication should be used with extreme caution or not at all for people with this condition who also have high levels of LDL cholesterol.

Let us know how your numbers turn out.

Tony


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