Each is unique and affects your body in a different way. And because they are different, each has a different ideal level. Your doctor measures all three cholesterol levels to calculate your total cholesterol score. If your total cholesterol is too high, your doctor will work with you to help get it to target levels.
Bad cholesterol, known as LDL cholesterol, is the main kind of cholesterol in your blood. But when too much LDL cholesterol circulates in your blood, it can slowly build up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup, called plaque, can slow blood flow.
Good cholesterol, known as HDL cholesterol, is another type of lipid (fat) found in the blood. According to the American Heart Association, an HDL cholesterol less than 40 mg/dL is low for men and less than 50 mg/dL is low for women. If your good cholesterol is low, your doctor may try to raise it.
Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood. They're made in the liver and also come from foods that you eat. A high triglyceride level combined with low HDL or high LDL is associated with the buildup of fat in the blood. That’s one reason you want your triglycerides to be lower.
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* Eligible patients will pay the first $5 and receive up to a maximum savings of $70 for NIASPAN per 30-day supply. Eligibility: In Massachusetts, co-pay assistance is not available for products with certain generic equivalents (for example, any product with an AB-rated generic equivalent). Available to patients with commercial prescription insurance coverage for NIASPAN. Co-pay assistance program is not available to patients receiving prescription reimbursement under any federal, state or government-funded insurance programs (for example, Medicare (including Part D), Medicare Advantage, Medigap, Medicaid, TRICARE, Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs programs) or where prohibited by law. If at any time a patient begins receiving prescription drug coverage under any such federal, state or government-funded healthcare program, patient will no longer be able to use the NIASPAN, savings card and patient must call NIASPAN customer service to stop participation. Patients may not seek reimbursement for value received from the NIASPAN savings card from any third-party payers. Offer subject to change or discontinuance without notice. Restrictions, including monthly maximums, may apply. This is not health insurance.
High cholesterol itself isn’t painful; in fact, you can’t feel it at all. Even if your doctor says you have a serious cholesterol problem, you may feel perfectly healthy. Working with your doctor by taking a simple blood test can help you determine if you have high cholesterol. And if you do, the first steps in managing your high cholesterol should be to make changes in your diet and exercise habits.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
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NIASPAN® (niacin extended-release) tablets are a prescription medication used along with diet when a low-cholesterol diet and exercise alone are not enough.
Taking NIASPAN with another cholesterol-lowering medicine (simvastatin) does not reduce heart attacks or strokes more than taking simvastatin alone.