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Policosanol is used for the treatment of increased blood cholesterol levels, pain in legs attributed to narrowing blood vessels (claudication), and narrowing of blood vessels supplying to heart (coronary arteriosclerosis).

How it works

Policosanol belongs to the class of drugs called lipid modifying agents. It acts by decreasing the cholesterol production in liver thereby reducing the bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL) level in the blood.

Common side effects

Abnormal urination during the day, Dizziness, Fatigue, Increased appetite, Nose bleed, Bleeding gums, Stomach upset


Expert advice

  • Exercise caution when using concurrently with anticoagulants or antiplatelet drugs as it may interact with process of blood clotting. 
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Avoid if Patient is allergic to policosanol or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not give to Children below age of 18 years.

Frequently asked questions


 Q. Is policosanol safe and effective?
Policosanol is safe and effective if used at prescribed dose and duration as recommended by doctor.
Q. Is policosanol a blood thinner?
Policosanol can modify blood coagulation and blood viscosity. 
Q. Is policosanol a plant sterol?
Policosanol is not a sterol but a mixture of complex alcohol like chemicals present in plant products.
Q. Does policosanol reduce triglyceride levels in blood?
Yes, policosanol can reduce triglyceride levels in blood.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)