Generic meds

By MaryAnnP Latest Reply 2012-12-19 16:38:17 -0600
Started 2010-04-15 19:20:02 -0500

I have to take Crestor for my high cholesterol…can I get that in generic form? I am not working and my doctor's visits and meds have to wait until the first of the month. I take metformin also, which is in generic form, but I need Diovan for my blood pressure, too.

23 replies

Debbiejf 2012-12-17 23:44:50 -0600 Report

My doctor originally rx Crestor for me and somehow I was given Simvastatin, it must be a generic but it works as long as I take care in how I cook my foods.

jayabee52 2012-12-18 15:04:38 -0600 Report

rosuvastatin is generic for Crestor. Simvastatin is generic for Zocor.

You should tell the pharmicist and your Dr about the mixup, Debbie!

Debbiejf 2012-12-18 23:04:18 -0600 Report

I remember now, the Crestor was not covered by my insurance :) soooo…

Debbiejf 2012-12-19 15:55:01 -0600 Report

It's funny, sometimes when the doctor is going over the list of meds I take she will see what she originally prescribed and not what the insurance/pharmacy has actually given me. It all gets straightened out when we discuss it but she doesn't always know right off that the insurance has denied a particular med. And yet I still remember what the first med was ;).

jayabee52 2012-12-19 16:38:17 -0600 Report

I had been on simvistatin for a number of years. My PCP just up and added it to my prescription list. My cholesterol had been nearly perfect, a

when asked why the addition to my Rxs he stated it was "prophylactic", a preventative measure. I didn't like taking another med, but didn't kick further about it, but my cholesterol was still doing well.

Last year I deciden enough was enough and discontinued it. I have started taking coQ10 and fish oil and omega 3s to ward off any rise in cholesterol. So far my cholesterol has remained in the good range with a good balance between the HDL and the LDLs

I seem not to have trouble with cholesterol at all.

edvel54 2011-06-13 21:58:06 -0500 Report

according to the website for generic medicines.
There is a generic for Crestor. It is Rosuvastatin

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-13 11:21:04 -0500 Report

I do not think that Crestor is available in Generic, because my insurance usually notifies me when the generic becomes available. I have been on it for 5 years, it has worked great in lowering my bad and raising my good cholesterol. I take metroprol (sp) for my BP. Very happy with that also. Metformin, I guess it is doing its thing. when it smells like 3 day old fish left in the sun in a plastic bag, it better be doing something!

HisTxLady 2010-11-29 16:28:01 -0600 Report

Ok MaryAnn I have done some checking and I have found that the Crestor is made by AstraZeneca and I went to there site and found the financial help program, it is here… and the Metformin is $4.00 at Wal-Mart for a month, it is on there $4.00 list cause I was on it till my Doctor changed me to Januvia and I had to go to the makers to get help too, that has Metformin in it. Now for your Diovan…It is made by Novartis and there help site is… … Also at Wal-Mart they have a BG machine called ReliOn Ultima (the boxes are blue) that cost $9.00 and the strips for that machine are like $35.00 for 100 strips and here that is about 1/2 the price of the name brand strips…I sure hope this helps you out.

God Bless, :o)

BandonBob 2010-11-29 14:54:45 -0600 Report

If you feel your income might qualify you for help look into the program the drug companies have for helping people with lower incomes. That is the only way I could afford Januvia

jander66 2010-05-02 11:22:24 -0500 Report


My folks started up a program through Walgreen's pharmacy, where they get 90 day supplies for $10 its something to look into—I'm pretty sure both metformin and diovan is covered—I'm not sure about the crestor, while I take crestor, Mom's gotten better results with simvastin (which is covered as well)…good luck…wish I could help…

ston3xc 2010-04-20 15:04:28 -0500 Report

Good luck with the Diovan, I could never get it approved by the insurance in generic form.I had to go back on lisinopril andMetoprolol combined. I've been unemployed for over a year . My doctor is working with me for my meds but he can't do anything about the insulin. He gives me samples when he has them available. Ask your doctor about samples, can't hurt.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-04-20 15:09:01 -0500 Report

I don't think there is a generic for Diovan. I'm on that now and my doctor always writes the subsciption for gnerics if available.

tweetydele 2011-06-12 22:50:25 -0500 Report

no there is no generic for diovan. i take that also. my script plan charges me 22 dollars for 90 day supply

joni55 2010-04-20 15:26:09 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, here anyway, the drug reps are no longer allowed to give out samples. It really stinks because I used to depend on samples sometimes. What I don't understand is that they are still allowed to give them lunches, etc. They felt that the doctor's were being influenced by the freebies to prescribe certain meds. It is a shame.

joni55 2010-04-16 19:35:58 -0500 Report

I can sure identify with your problem. It is the beginning of the year and the co-pays are killing me! Sometimes I have to decide between doing wash and feeding my pets over getting my meds. The pets usually win out. And, the doctors sure do me no favors by having me get over-the-counter. It costs more out-of-pocket. I need Mucinex D and can't afford it right now. My doctor recommended it for an ear infection.

kdroberts 2010-04-16 19:45:05 -0500 Report

Even over the counter medications can have generic versions. For instance I get 300 generic claritin pills for less than $15 at Costco. 300 of the brand would be closer to $60 and even Target/Walmart generics run about $10 for 90. Ask the pharmacist if there is a generic version of Mucinex D, I don't think there is but there might be. Also, if a doctor writes a prescription for an OTC medication you can usually run it through your insurance if it is expensive.

joni55 2010-04-17 11:57:17 -0500 Report

My problem is that I have co-pays of $3-$6 on each prescription. It adds up quickly. I did find a store brand of Mucinex D. It cost $10. I need that $10 to feed my pets. I will get some at the beginning of the month though. I have cut out 5 of my meds because I do not need them anymore. Some of them were psych meds which my psychiatrist was trying to get me off of anyway. As for Advair, I haven't taken it in over 2 months and have had no symtoms. So, my doctor told me not to use it if I don't need it. I also no longer need my nebulizer treatments. Praise God!

GabbyPA 2010-04-16 08:36:06 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site Mary Ann. I know you will find it very helpful.

KD has addressed your generic meds questions so I won't go there, but I wanted to let you know that there are several states now that have grocery store chains that are offering free diabetic drugs. I know the metformin is not a huge cost, but if you can get it for free, that saves you some cash for your other needs.

Here is a link to some free meds info:

kdroberts 2010-04-15 19:31:01 -0500 Report

No, it's brand only for another few years at least. If you need a generic cholesterol med there are some available, simvastatin at $10 for 90 days for example, that you could ask your doctor about. Also, Diovan is a very expensive drug. You could ask your doctor about Cozaar, it's still brand but is very similar to Diovan and much cheaper, I think maybe about half the price. Lastly, you can ask your doctor for samples.

kdroberts 2010-04-17 11:48:01 -0500 Report

I just found out that Teva (massive generic med manufacturer) has just got FDA approval for generic Cozaar. Don't know the price but I would guess it will be around $10-15 a month and not on any $4/$10 plans for a while. Not sure when it will hit the streets though.

Next Discussion: hello i'm new here »