I have a family history of heart attacks. My total cholesterol has always been below 5.0 mmol/L. I suffered a heart attack 5 years ago. Fortunately my specialist consultant diagnosed, that using statins alone, I still had a high Lipoprotein (a) count .60 g/L (the marker level is <.30 g/L). Lipoprotein (a) is a very sticky fat which just clogs the arteries. Niacin in combination with a low dose statin, firstly using Niaspan reduced my Lipoprotein (a) down to .28 g/L and then using Tredaptive down to just .18g/L.
Niaspan and Tredaptive have no doubt saved my life, but both have now been withdrawn.
I have now been prescribed Acipimox, which is not as effective- Lipoprotein (a) is .45 g/L
Are there any other alternative drugs available