Statins

Statins are used to lower cholesterol levels to treat high cholesterol and coronary artery disease by reducing the production of cholesterol in the liver.

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This chart is created by aggregating the total number of claims for the drugs in this class divided by the # of drugs with a specific indication. It is meant to be representative but may not accurately reflect the actual # of prescriptions written to treat a specific condition.

Prices for Popular Statins

Popularity Brand Name (Generic Name) GoodRx Fair Price Price Trend
Lipitor
(atorvastatin)
15
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Lipitor (atorvastatin) is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin,' which lowers levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Statins may also reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with risk factors for heart disease. Lipitor is available as generic atorvastatin.
Zocor
(simvastatin)
8
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Zocor (simvastatin) is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin,' which lowers levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Statins may also reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with risk factors for heart disease. Zocor is available as generic simvastatin. Juvisync, which combines Januvia (sitagliptin, a diabetes medication) with simvastatin, treats both diabetes and high cholesterol.
Pravachol
(pravastatin)
16
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Pravachol (pravastatin) is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Statins may also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other health problems in patients with risk factors for heart disease. Pravachol is also available as generic pravastatin.
Crestor
103
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Crestor (rosuvastatin) is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Statins may also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other health problems in patients with risk factors for heart disease. There is currently no generic available for Crestor, and other generic statins may be just as effective and less expensive. Statins with generic alternatives include Zocor (simvastatin), Lipitor (atorvastatin), and Pravachol (pravastatin).
lovastatin
7
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Lovastatin is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Statins may also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other health problems in patients with risk factors for heart disease. Lovastatin was previously available as brand name Mevacor, which has been discontinued. It is also available in combination with niacin in Advicor. Extended-release lovastatin is known as Altoprev, and is brand-name only.
Lescol
(fluvastatin)
67
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Lescol (fluvastatin) is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Statins may also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other health problems in patients with risk factors for heart disease. Lescol is available as generic fluvastatin. Extended-release Lescol is known as Lescol XL, and is brand-name only.
Lescol XL
208
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Lescol XL (extended-release fluvastatin) is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Statins may also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other health problems in patients with risk factors for heart disease. There is no generic version of Lescol XL, but the immediate-release version, Lescol, is available as generic fluvastatin. Other extended-release statins include Altoprev (extended-release lovastatin).
Livalo
443
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Livalo (pitavastatin) is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Statins may also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other health problems in patients with risk factors for heart disease. There is currently no generic available for Livalo, and other generic statins may be just as effective and less expensive. Statins with generic alternatives include Zocor (simvastatin), Lipitor (atorvastatin), and Pravachol (pravastatin).
Altoprev
121
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Altoprev (extended-release lovastatin) is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Statins may also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other health problems in patients with risk factors for heart disease. There is no generic version of Altoprev, but the immediate-release version, Mevacor, is available as generic lovastatin. Other extended-release statins include Lescol XL (extended-release fluvastatin).

Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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