What Are Some Examples of Statins?

What Are Some Examples of Statins?

Statin drugs are available in a range of generic and brand names including atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Altoprev), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and fluvastatin (Lescol), according to Mayo Clinic. Other examples of statins include mevastatin, simvastatin (Lipex, Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol, Selektine), reports Healthline.

Some combined medications that contain statins include Advicor, which contains lovastatin and niacin; Vytorin, which combines simvastatin and ezetimibe; and Caduet, which is a combination of atorvastatin and amlodipine, notes Healthline. Statins help lower cholesterol by blocking a substance that triggers the production of cholesterol. These drugs prevent reabsorption of cholesterol, inhibiting further blockage blood vessels and the risk of heart attacks, explains Mayo Clinic.