Compare Crestor vs. Lopid

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Crestor (rosuvastatin)

Prescription only

Lopid (Gemfibrozil)

Prescription only
Lowers cholesterol.

Crestor (rosuvastatin) is one of the most effective statins to improve cholesterol. It's also available as a generic.

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Lowers triglyceride levels.

Lopid (Gemfibrozil) is a generically available medication that can lower triglyceride levels by up to 50%.

Upsides
  • It's a good first choice medicine for lowering cholesterol levels when diet and exercise aren't enough.
  • Slows down the buildup of fatty deposits in your blood vessels, otherwise known as a hardening of the arteries.
  • In clinical studies, Crestor (rosuvastatin) has the strongest effect on lowering "bad" cholesterol compared to other statins.
  • Can lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
  • Available as a generic drug.
  • Considered as a first choice medication for lowering triglyceride levels in the blood. Studies have shown it can reduce triglycerides by up to 50%.
  • Available as a generic.
  • Can be used with other medications, such as fish oil, to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
Downsides
  • You're more likely to have side effects if you're a female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, or take more than one medicine for cholesterol.
  • People with liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes are also more likely to have side effects from Crestor (rosuvastatin).
  • Crestor (rosuvastatin) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant since it can hurt the fetus.
  • While Lopid (Gemfibrozil) has been shown to lower triglycerides, it has not been shown by itself to reduce the number of deaths caused by high cholesterol.
  • Can't be used with statins to lower cholesterol because of the risk of muscle and kidney damage.
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Reviews
751 
60%
think this treatment is worth it
47%
think this treatment works well
15%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Crestor (rosuvastatin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Lopid (Gemfibrozil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Elevated INR

    Taking Coumadin (warfarin)

  • Muscle pain

    Age 65 or older

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased blood sugars

    Diabetes

  • Liver damage

    Heavy alcohol use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Birth defects

    Pregnancy

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  • Muscle pain

    Taking Lopid (Gemfibrozil) with statins

  • Liver damage

    Past history of liver disease

  • Increased bleeding risk

    Taking Lopid (Gemfibrozil) with anticoagulants

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