The best statin drug for lowering cholesterol is atorvastatin, 40 or 80 milligrams for high intensity and 10 or 20 milligrams for moderate intensity, states Consumer Reports. It recommends three other moderate-intensity statins: lovastatin 40 milligrams, pravastatin 40 milligrams and simvastatin 20 or 40 milligrams, as of March 2014.
The selected drugs, all generics, have the highest rate of effectiveness among the seven statins and a record of safety that equals or surpasses the other statins, notes Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports made its recommendations after reviewing hundreds of studies and clinical trials conducted by doctors, researchers and drug manufacturers. A 30-day supply of the recommended drugs, on average, costs less than the cost of the most expensive statin that is equally effective and safe.