Our expert says:
Thank you for your kind words - they make my day! I am sorry to hear that your cholesterol levels are not reacting to the low-cholesterol diet your dietitian has prescribed for you. I checked in my copy of MIMS and think that the drug you refer to is "Ezetrol". The points you make about already ingesting hardly any cholesterol so that the use of a drug that will inhibit the uptake of cholesterol from the diet, would seem illogical, and that blocking absorption of plant sterols that are used to actually lower cholesterol would seem counterproductive. However, it is important to remember that this drug also inhibits production of cholesterol in the liver, which in your case may be the prime source of the cholesterol. I think you should give this medication a chance and see how you react to it and also if it does lower your cholesterol levels which is the desired goal. You should also discuss this with the prescribing physician because it is mentioned in MIMS that Ezetrol can be used in combination with statins to achieve maximum effect and all statins do not have such severe side-effects. The dr may, thus be able to either help control your cholesterol with the Ezetrol alone or if you also need to take a statin, to find one that gives you fewer side-effects or none at all.
Give it a chance and let's see how you progress.
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