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1 in 6 American adults will be diagnosed with high cholesterol at some point in their lives according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Cholesterol is waxy, fatty substance found in the body and in certain foods. Your body needs some cholesterol, but too much of it raises your risk for heart attack and stroke. Cholesterol can be lowered naturally by diet and exercise, but many people need additional help to bring it within normal limits.

Luckily, there are many effective, low-cost generic medications to help lower cholesterol. These are some of the common brand-name medications and their generic options:

Statins Equipotent Doses Average Decrease in
“Bad” Cholesterol (LDL) by Drug Strength
(21-26%) (26-32%) (32-39%) (39-45%) (46-52%) (52-63%)
atorvastatin 10mg 20mg 40mg 80mg
lovastatin* 10mg 20mg 40mg 80mg
(as 40mg bid)
pravastatin* 10mg 20mg 40mg 80mg
simvastatin* 5mg 10mg 20mg 40mg 80mg
Crestor 5mg 10mg 20mg
to 40mg
Livalo 1mg 2mg 4mg
Vytorin 10mg/10mg 20mg/10mg 40mg/10mg
to 80mg/10mg

*Part of the Rxtra program, which gives you 30-day supplies for free. Check the Rxtra program details for participating pharmacies.

If you take one of these brand-name drugs and a generic is available, ask your doctor if the generic version would be the best option for you.

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This information is meant to help you save money on your prescriptions. A generic option may not always be the best option, and your doctor will determine what is best for your situation.


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