Which medications are used in the treatment of metabolic syndrome?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: Stanley S Wang, JD, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Yasmine S Ali, MD, MSCI, FACC, FACP  more...
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The following medications can be used to treat dyslipidemia and other manifestations of metabolic syndrome:

  • Elevated LDL-C levels: Statins

  • Decreased HDL-C levels: Consider niacin

  • Elevated triglyceride levels: Consider niacin, fibrates, and omega-3 fatty acids

  • Hyperglycemia: Insulin-sensitizing agent, such as metformin

Treatment of associated obstructive sleep apnea may also play a significant role in the management of metabolic syndrome.

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.

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