When Will Crestor Go Generic?


Is there a generic for the cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor yet?

The patent for Crestor does not expire until 2012. When the patent expires it will be available under the generic name of rosuvastatin.

Until then, a very similar drug in the same class as Crestor is available as a generic. It is called simvastatin and it is the generic for Zocor.

Is there a statin medicine which would work as well as Crestor?

The price of prescription drugs is making a hole in my pocket. I heard there will not be a generic for Crestor until 2017. Does anyone know of a medicine which would have the same affect as Crestor ?

Crestor is a member of a class of drugs called statins aka HMG CoA reductase inhibitors. There are many statins on the market. They are all believed to be equally effective when used in equivalent doses. Pravastatin and Lovastatin are generic and currently on the $4 formulary at Walmart and Target. Higher doses will be required though to produce the same effect. For example, Crestor 5 mg is equivalent to 80 mg of Pravastatin and Lovastatin. Unfortunately the highest doses of these two is 80 mg, therefore if you are on more than 5 mg then you would need another type of statin. Other statins include Simvastatin (Zocor) and Atorvastatin (Lipitor), which are more potent. For example, Simvastatin 80 mg is equivalent to Crestor 10 mg. Neither is generic yet, but it may be cheaper for you. Discuss this with your doctor.

Recently prescribed "Crestor" by my diabetes doc. Can anyone tell me of bad experiences with it?

I've had problems with the statins before and I want to know if Crestor is any different. Some of the stuff I've read about it isn't flattering. Just another "statin" with a new "patented" price tag? Thanks in advance.

Crestor is one of the most potent statin in the market. Problem with one statin does not always imply problem with all statins. Muscle ache and liver enzyme issues may be related to statin dose. Since 10 mg of Crestor is just as strong as 60 or 80 mg of Zocor, it will give you the same lowering with less chance for side-effect. My guess is that your doctor is prescribing Crestor to you because you have very high LDL and has failed other statins. You may also have diabetes which would require your target LDL to be less than 100. Crestor and Lipitor are both very strong and less drug to drug interactions. If you cannot tolerate any statin, you may talk to your doctor and consider Welchol. Crestor may cost more because it is not yet available in generic form. Rare cases of rhabdomyalysis can occur with any statin, but it is more often in conjunction with a fenofibrate if the statin is prescribed at very high dose.

Simvastatin( generic Zocor) or the generic for Lipitor, what is the difference?

My doctor prescribed the generic for Zocor ( simvastatin) Lipitor has a copay of just $4.00 or the generic. Simvastatin which is the zocor generic is priced at $12. Is there a reason I should pick one over the other? If I ask for the Lipitor which is cheaper will I be missing an advantage that simvastatin would offer?

Clinical Therapeutics Journal, mined a large database of health-care records and found that patients taking Lipitor had a 12% lower risk of a cardiovascular event than those on simvastatin, the generic name for Zocor. The patients on Lipitor had a 15% lower risk of having a heart attack.

they show that Lipitor (10-80 mg.) can reduce total cholesterol by 25-45%, while Zocor (5-80 mg.) can reduce the same numbers by 19-36%, and Crestor (5-40 mg.) can reduce it by 33-46%. As for lowering HDL, Lipitor can offer reduction of 5-9%, Zocor lessens HDL by 8-16%, and Crestor lowers these numbers by 8-14%. As you can see, choosing the proper statin has a lot to do with which numbers (Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, or triglycerides) you are trying to effect.

They are stil working on how in some people generics do not break down the same and can cause allergies in some from they ingredients in the coating of the pill.

I'll let you decide. Lipitor has worked for me, I personally do not like the generics as much. It might be me mentally, but they don't seem to do the job as well.

Good luck

Can someone rate the statins(like lipitor, Crestor, etc.) and name ones that have become generic?

(A pharmacist said that Lipitor is the most widely used?) Any knowledge about the setbacks with Vytorin? What about Zetia? (tho it isn't a statin)? When statins inhibit liver synthesis of cholesterol does that lower natural hormonal levels?

Crestor seems to work the best of the bunch.

The ones that are generic are Zocor, Pravachol, and Mevacor. Of course Mevacor isn't that good.

The 'setbacks' with Vytorin are probably the recent findings with Zetia. It does lower your cholesterol but doesn't reduce plaque formation in the arteries. That is the whole reason we are trying to lower cholesterol. So until further notice.....don't bother taking Zetia. Statins have been proven to lower cholesterol AND reduce plaque formation.

Even when your levels are normal, there is ample cholesterol available to make any and all hormones etc. that utilize cholesterol in their synthesis.

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