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Cholesterol

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:

StatinsEquipotent Doses Average Decrease in
“Bad” Cholesterol (LDL) by Drug Strength
(21-26%)(26-32%)(32-39%)(39-45%)(46-52%)(52-63%)
atorvastatin10mg20mg40mg80mg
lovastatin10mg20mg40mg80mg
(as 40mg bid)
pravastatin10mg20mg40mg80mg
simvastatin5mg10mg20mg40mg80mg
Crestor5mg10mg20mg
to 40mg
Livalo1mg2mg4mg
Vytorin10mg/10mg20mg/10mg40mg/10mg
to 80mg/10mg

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.

For a list of drugs and how they’re covered, visit us at HealthAlliance.org. If you are a Medicare Advantage member, visit HealthAllianceMedicare.org.

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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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