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)
11
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Atorvastatin (Lipitor) is an inexpensive drug that lowers levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Atorvastatin may also reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with risk factors for heart disease. This drug is more popular than comparable drugs. As of 2011, it is available in generic and brand versions. Generic atorvastatin is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Zocor
(simvastatin)
7
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Simvasatin (Zocor) is an inexpensive drug used to lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Simvastatin may also reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with risk factors for heart disease. This drug is slightly more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in generic and brand versions. Generic simvastatin is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Pravachol
(pravastatin)
15
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Pravastatin (Pravachol) is an inexpensive drug used to prevent or slow down medical problems, like atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), that are caused by fats clogging the blood vessels. It may also be used to prevent certain types of heart and blood vessel problems in patients with risk factors for heart problems. This drug is slightly more popular than comparable drugs. As of 2006, it is available in generic and brand versions. Generic pravastatin is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Crestor
(rosuvastatin)
20
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Crestor (rosuvastatin) is an expensive drug used to lower cholesterol levels. Because of its higher cost, it is slightly less popular than comparable drugs. As of 2016, it is available in generic and brand versions. Generic rosuvastatin is covered by some Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
lovastatin
7
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Lovastatin is an inexpensive drug used together with a proper diet to lower cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) levels in the blood. This drug is slightly less popular than comparable drugs. Lovastatin is only available as a generic drug; all brands have been discontinued. It is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Livalo
232
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Pitavastatin (Livalo) is an expensive drug used together with a proper diet to lower cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) levels in the blood. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives to Livalo, and other generic statins may be just as effective and less expensive. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Lescol
(fluvastatin)
72
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Fluvastatin (Lescol) is an expensive drug used with a proper diet to lower high cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in the blood. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic fluvastatin is covered by some Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Lescol XL
(fluvastatin er)
191
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Fluvastatin ER (Lescol XL) is an expensive drug used together with a proper diet to lower high cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in the blood. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Altoprev
719
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Extended-release lovastatin (Altoprev) is an expensive drug used together with a proper diet to lower cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) levels in the blood. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives to Altoprev. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.

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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