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Is High Cholesterol Actually Bad for You?

Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 29, 2016

High cholesterol may be much ado about nothing, especially in older folks. A recent meta-analysis published in BMJ Open raises a strong argument that lowering LDL cholesterol in older people doesn’t help at all.

Where does this leave us? Are we over-treating millions of folks with cholesterol lowering drugs, “statins” like Lipitor (atorvastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), and Zocor (simvastatin)? Let’s take a look. See More

Generic Crestor Coming Soon

Elizabeth Davis - April 25, 2016

Good news if you’re one of the millions of Americans that takes Crestor, a popular cholesterol medication.

The generic version of Crestor, rosuvastatin, is expected to hit pharmacies May 2, and you’ll soon be able to save hundreds of dollars a year.

How much does Crestor cost?

Many insurance and Medicare plans either do not cover Crestor or require a high co-pay. If the drug is not covered, you’ll pay around $300 a month. See More

2015 In Review: The Good(Rx) and Bad

Elizabeth Davis - December 29, 2015

2015 was another tough year for American’s health care budgets. Insurance premiums increased, coverage was dropped for a number of important drugs, and overall we’re spending more for our health care.

Don’t break out the antidepressants yet—it’s not all bad news. A number of important drugs went generic, which will generally mean huge savings and lower costs. Plus, a large number of drugs actually decreased in price. See More

10 Natural Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 01, 2015

The best treatment in diseases such as atherosclerosis, or coronary artery disease, is prevention. Lifestyle changes like exercise, quitting smoking and changing your diet are an important place to start, but sometimes you just need more help.
Drugs like the statin medications work well to lower cholesterol but may come with some side effects. I am often asked by patients: what natural remedies really work to lower cholesterol?
There are some options out there, but before I show you some promising and well-studied plants that may help lower cholesterol, please remember a few things: these are unregulated and may carry issues of toxicity. See More

10 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Statins

Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 23, 2015

Statins are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world for a reason: they can lower your LDL cholesterol (the “bad cholesterol”) by 20 – 60%. Statins are also helpful for the prevention of heart disease in some people with high cholesterol.

Popular statin medications include generic atorvastatin (Lipitor) and simvastatin (Zocor) and brand-name Crestor and Livalo.

Time with your doctor can be limited, so you may not have heard all of the upsides and downsides when you were prescribed a statin. See More

New GoodRx Top 10 Drug Guide

Elizabeth Davis - June 05, 2015

Our new top 10 lists are in for the most-dispensed and most expensive prescriptions in the US—take a look at these interesting updates.

Which prescriptions have been filled the most in 2015 so far?

Based on a sample of claims reported by pharmacies across the country, thyroid meds like Synthroid and levothyroxine near the top of the list, while standard heart and diabetes prescriptions lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil), atorvastatin (Lipitor), and metformin (Glucophage) are still very frequently prescribed—no surprises there. See More

What Is Rhabomyolysis, and Should You Worry About It?

The GoodRx Pharmacist - May 29, 2015

When you hear the phrase “a rare but serious side effect,” what comes to mind? With so many pharmaceutical commercials on television these days you may be be used to hearing that phrase.

Statins like Lipitor (atorvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), and Crestor (rosuvastatin), are some of the most popular cholesterol medications, and they come with this “fine print” phrase. Statins can cause a rare but serious side effect called rhabdomyolysis. See More

Kids on Statins: Unethical or Sensible?

Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 09, 2015

Two very different sets of guidelines exist for when to use cholesterol lowering medications in children transitioning into adulthood. Should those aged 17 – 21 with high cholesterol be on a cholesterol-lowering drug—a statin drug? How and when to treat those younger than 40, and especially those folks 17 – 21, is not nearly as well studied as in older folks, so guidelines are based on expert recommendations from limited data in this age group. See More

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