I told my endo yesterday that I weaned myself off the crestor & am not willing to take statins any more.
She asked me to consider welchol oral suspension. When this first hit the market, the only option was six rather large pills. Now, you can take the oral suspension mixed in 1/2 to 1 cup water once a day. There is no generic yet, but in my rx list, it's the same price level as crestor. It's supposed to lower LDL & A1c.
I talked with her about LDL particle size & density. Her position is that I should have that discussion with my cardiologist (basically saying that she doesn't know.) However, she said that testing those things may not change her treatment advice.
I do have a cardiologist appointment next month for my annual pacemaker checkup & he always inquires about my cholesterol & trigs, but has never treated me for either since originally my PCP did & now my endo does.
I have found very limited information other than what the drug company itself puts out. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about this medication, its efficacy, & safety? I'm willing to try it, but I want to investigate it, too.
She told me to discontinue the gemfibrozil & prandin for a few weeks. If I can take two meds out of my regime & replace them with one, that may be a good thing. Of course, there's no guarantee that either will remain out. We want to avoid hypos so are discontinuing the prandin. Since I don't use it regularly, anyway, that's no problem. We are discontinuing the gemfibrozil to see how effective welchol will work on its own for trigs.
I'm told the common side effects are sore throat, nausea, & constipation. Of course, everyone will not have these & they may disappear as one is acclimated to it.
Sorry for the long post. Thanks for any feedback you can provide.