Crestor

13 Nov: “C-reactive protein”: soon, the world will know your name

Yeah, I know: you’ve never heard of “C-reactive protein” (CRP) as an indicator of heart disease, just like you’d never heard of restless leg syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome or a host of other ailments before they were heralded in pharmaceutical company commercials 24-7. But soon, you’ll know all about C-reactive protein — and why if your CRP levels are high, you need to take Crestor. Crestor is a statin prescribed to people with high cholesterol levels. But now a new study (funded by the maker of Crestor) says the drug is also therapeutic for patients whose cholesterol isn’t high, but who have high levels of C-reactive protein, which indicates inflammation in the body. The study says Crestor can reduce the…

27 May: Lipitor: 50 million prescriptions can’t be wrong, right?

Lipitor was the most frequently prescribed brand-name drug in the United States last year, with 50 million prescriptions being filled. Vytorin was right up there, with 20 million. Add in all the other statins and you’re up to an amazing 150 million. As you might expect, we’ve had a fair amount of discussion in the eDrugSearch.com Community about statin drugs, which are used for the treatment of high cholesterol. People are most interested in understanding and comparing the benefits of Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor. Zocor is currently available in generic form in the U.S., but the other two drugs are not. Vytorin, of course, is on the outs these days after research showed in January that this combination drug (essentially…