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Need a Cholesterol Pill? 3 Must-Know Facts

Have you ever wondered why you are given a cholesterol pill? Or rather, why are you getting a particular type of cholesterol pill? Here are some common facts about cholesterol pills.

Fact 1: There is more than 1 type of cholesterol pill 

There are 5 mainly classes of cholesterol pills, namely (1) statin, (2) fibrates, (3) niacin, (4) bile acid sequestrates, (5) ezetimibe. Just like any other class of medication, these 5 act on distinct pathways in our body system. A doctor will evaluate your condition before deciding which class is suitable for you.

Fact 2: Your diet still matters even with cholesterol pills

Despite taking cholesterol pills, you will still need to control your diet. Dietary modifications work hand-in-hand with the pills to bring down ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Fact 3: Many people take their cholesterol pills wrongly

It is important to take cholesterol pills as prescribed to ensure the medication works effectively on you. For example, statin should be taken right before bedtime, as it blocks cholesterol production which usually happens at night when we are asleep.

Knowing these facts is crucial before you commence on any cholesterol-lowering agent. Seek advice from your pharmacist if you’re unsure of what your treatment entails.

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About The Author
Mai Chun Wai
Dr Mai Chun Wai graduated with First Class Honours and Dean’s List from the International Medical University (IMU) Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2009. He was the recipient of Sanofi-Aventis Award and Kotra Pharma Award for excellence in research in the graduating class. Dr Mai then graduated with PhD in Medical and Health Sciences (Medicinal Chemistry) from IMU under the joint supervision from IMU, University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom, UK) in 2014. In 2012, he was awarded the IMU Young Alumnus Award 2012 for his noteworthy contributions to community and society with significant personal and professional achievement.

Currently he is appointed as Lecturer in School of Pharmacy, IMU. His research team published numerous peer reviewed papers related to drug discovery and rationale drug use. His team is clearly on a trajectory to developing a national and international reputation, as exemplified by being the only Malaysian selected in the Southeast Asia-European Union-NET II (SEA-EU-NET II) Fellowship 2016, his selection as the first awardee of the Research Mobility Grant 2016 to work as a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Protein Biochemistry, National Research Council, Naples, Italy, his appointment as a Research Fellow of the Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation 2015, to work in Cambridge (United Kingdom) and his award of a travel scholarship funded by the Royal Society United Kingdom to participate in a workshop at UK in 2015.

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