The names of some statin drugs are Mevacor, Lescol, Zocor and Crestor, according to Drugs.com. Mevacor is a type of lovastatin, Lescol is a type of fluvastatin, Zocor is a simvastatin, and Crestor is a rosuvastatin. These drugs lower the levels of "bad" cholesterol.
Lovastatin not only controls high cholesterol, but is also taken by some patients to ease the pain of angina and to lower their heart attack risk, explains Drugs.com. It also retards the blockage of blood vessels. Lovastatin is taken orally with food, but the patient needs to be careful to not drink grapefruit juice with the drug, as it may cause severe side effects.
Fluvastatin also lowers triglyceride levels and increases levels of the "good" or HDL cholesterol, according to MedicineNet. It also guards against atherosclerosis in people who have heart disease. It is available in 20 and 40 milligram capsules and 80 milligram extended release tablets. It can be taken with meals or on an empty stomach.
Simvastatin is available in 5, 10, 20, 40 and 80 milligram regular tablets and 10, 20, 40 and 80 milligram orally disintegrating tables, according to MedicineNet. The orally disintegrating tablets are best stored at room temperature, though the regular tablets can be stored in the refrigerator or in a space a bit hotter than room temperature.
Like the other statins, rosuvastatin works best combined with a healthy lifestyle, according to WebMD. This includes regular exercise, healthy weight and a diet low in fats and cholesterol.