Are there any drugs for cholesterol that aren't statins? My doctor says, "Not really." But I know statins haven't been around all that long, so there must have been something to control high cholesterol. I can't tolerate statins and would welcome an alternative.
You're right that doctors used to prescribe other medicines for high cholesterol. Statin medications such as Zocor, Pravachol and Lipitor are so effective at lowering cholesterol that many doctors stopped using drugs like Questran or Colestid. But these medications, and a newer one called WelChol, are options for people who can't tolerate statin drugs. Other possibilities include Lopid or Tricor.