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Medication Class — Cholesterol-lowering Medications

Medication Class Description:

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The FAA permits airmen to use medications such as Mevacor, Lopid, niacin, Questran, Pravachol, Lipitor and Zocor without prior approval, provided there are no side effects. 

 The newest statin drug is Crestor (rosuvastatin) which is authorized by the FAA.  

 Please note that the FDA as of August 8, 2001 has recalled Baycol (cerivastatin) due to patient deaths associated with its' use.

The FAA approved the use of Zetia for cholesterol lowering in October 2003.  Zetia (ezetimibe) is the first medication in a new class of cholesterol lowering drugs.  It works by inhibiting cholesterol absorption in the small intestine. The primary effect is to lower the LDL (?bad?) cholesterol and the total cholesterol  It can be used in combination with other cholesterol lowering medications, such as the statins.  


Medications Within Class:

 Baycol  Crestor (Rosuvastatin Calcium)  Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
Lopid (Gemfibrozil)  Mevacor (Lovastatin)  Niacin (Nicotinic Acid)
Pravachol (Pravastatin)  Precose (Acarbose)  Questran,Cholestyramine, Locholest, Prevalite (Cholestyramine Resin)  Tricor (Fenofibrate)
Vytorin (Ezetimibe / Simvastatin)  WelChol (Colesevelam Hydrochloride)
Zetia (Ezetimibe)  Zocor (Simvastatin)