statin answers

Statin Brand Names

 

Statin (generic name) Brand name(s)
Atorvastatin Lipitor, Torvast
Cerivastatin Lipobay, Baycol
Fluvastatin Lescol
Lovastatin Mevacor, Altocor
Mevastatin  
Pitavastatin Livalo, Pitava
Pravastatin Pravachol, Selektine, Lipostat
Rosuvastatin Crestor
Simvastatin Zocor, Lipex

 

There is also Vytorin which is a combination of simvastatin and ezetimibe. Ezetimibe is not a statin, but a drug that inhibits absorption of cholesterol in the digestive system. Merck sells Vytorin and has been promoting it since the patent on Zocor expired. A court ruled in 2012 that Merck's patent on Vytorin was valid.

A recent study showed that Ezetimibe combined with Rosuvastatin reduced cholesterol levels even more - indeed the biggest reduction ever found in a serious study. Ezetimibe is marketed by Merck and Schering-Plough under the name Zetia, and outside the United States under the name Ezetrol.

More on generics.

Popularity of statin medications.

Niacin is also used to treat cholesterol but it is not a statin drug.