Lopid is a medication that helps to treat high blood cholesterol and trigclycerides. It works best when used with the right diet. Lopid is what’s called an antihyperlipidemic agent. The way it works is by helping to decrease blood levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol by decreasing their production within the liver. It can also work to increase blood levels of high density lipoprotein.
If you use Lopid, then what are some of the side effects you might experience as a result?
Additional potential side effects:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness)
Numbness, or tingling
Decreased sexual ability
Tenderness, or weakness (with or without fever and fatigue)
Painful or frequent urination
Persistent or severe diarrhea
Unusual bruising or bleeding
Unusual tiredness or weakness
Yellowing of the skin or eyes
How do you know if this medication is going to be the right choice for you?
In order to know this the first thing you need to do is get a good idea of what other treatment options might be out there for high cholesterol that might not come with the same risk for side effects. In order to know this a doctor would have to have a good idea of just how bad your problem was and they would determine what was best for you. If you felt differently, then you could always get a second opinion. Some options work better than others, but come with high risk of side effects.
The next thing you need to do is ask the doctor just how well is this drug designed to work? Is it a drug you’ll only have to use for a short period of time in order to get your cholesterol under control or is it something you’ll have to use for the long term? If you don’t like the idea of using something for the long term, then you’ll want to go with another option. But in many cases, high cholesterol isn’t something that just goes away and stays away. Constant treatment (especially for people in a certain age group) might be required.
Lastly, you need to get an idea of just how consistent you can be with lifestyle changes in order to assist a drug like Lopid. Lopid works really well and has helped countless people. In order to ensure it works the best though, then you’ll have to be prepared to make some lifestyle changes. Some of this might include having to give up or reduce your intake of certain foods. You’ll have to give up or reduce certain types of sugary drinks along with taking up some form of exercise.
As long as you can make these small sacrifices, then this medication has a good chance of working for you. But only a doctor is going to be able to give you a good idea of whether or not it’s best for your particular situation. This is going to be based on medical history, drugs you might already be taking, etc.