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lipitor vs. lovastatin

I have high LDL chololesterol and was told I have to take a statin drug.  One doctor gave me a RX for Lipitor 20 mg SID.  Another doctor gave me a RX for Lovastatin 20 mg SID.  
The Lipitor will cost me $130/mo., the Lovastatin will cost $5/mo.  Aside from the obvious cost difference, which RX is better?  The bottom line is that I really do not want to take a statin at all BUT if I have to take one, I want to take what will work the best at lowering my LDL levels.
Also, if I've been taking a statin for a few months, can I just stop taking it?  What happens if I stop?
The reason for these questions is that I have an injury which has prevented me from doing my normal usual exercise for past year so I've gained weight, etc.  I'm striving to take care of this problem and once it is resolved, I can resume my normal exercise and hopefully, this will again reduce my cholesterol to more normal levels.
Thank you for your help.
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Have you tried going vegan? Only eating food that comes from plants, preferably fresh or minimally processed, and without added / processed fats? It's very easy once you know what to eat. There are lots of resources online. I can dig something up if you want.

One concern with cholesterol lowering drugs is that high cholesterol is a symptom of bad health. Lowering cholesterol artificially, without improving the health, might not have a lot of .... benefit for the health.
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You can take the Lovastatin and still experience the same results that you would with Lipitor.  The key to lowering your cholesterol is increasing your exercise, and decreasing the fat in your diet.  Eat Cheerios and oatmeal, they can also help lower cholesterol.  Hope this helps!
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I stopped taking statins because of serious side effects and found in books on nutrition that 500mg of vitamin c and nuts as they contain niacin which reduces cholesterol naturally.
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I will not take statins, too many side effects, and really, there is no proof they really work. I would concentrate on more exercise, better diet, and a good, multi-vitamin and mineral, food grade preferably. Taking extra Niacin and Red Yeast rice will help too, and, you will not have the dangerous side-effects or high price.
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How high are your LDL, HDL, Total Cholesterol and Triglycerides?    

I can't say one statin is "BETTER" than another.  You have to try one and see how it works for you.  

I would first try to lower the cholesterol with diet vs. popping statins to lower it.  If diet doesn't work then one can explore the possibility of taking a statin.    

Statins do not usually have to be titrated down before completely stopping, but ALWAYS consult your physician FIRST if you want to discontinue a medication that has been PRESCRIBED.  



  
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