Antilipemic drugs are used to lower abnormally high blood
levelsof lipids, such as cholesterol, triglycerides, and phospholipids. The
risk of developing CAD increases when serum lipid levels are elevated. Drugs
are used in combination with lifestyle changes (such as proper diet, weight
loss, and exercise) and treatment of an underlying disorder causing the lipid
abnormality to help lower lipid levels.
The classes of antilipemic drugs include:
fibric acid derivatives
3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors
cholesterol absorption inhibitors.