Rosuvastatin is a generic prescription drug that’s used in adults to:
- treat high cholesterol and high triglycerides
- slow the progression of atherosclerosis
- lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and related death, and decrease the need for certain kinds of heart surgery
In some cases, rosuvastatin may also be used in certain children with high cholesterol that’s passed on through genetics.
Your doctor may recommend that you take rosuvastatin along with making changes in your diet.
Rosuvastatin belongs to a group of drugs called HMG Co-A reductase inhibitors (also called statins).
Rosuvastatin comes as a tablet or capsule that’s taken by mouth. The tablet is also available as the brand-name drug Crestor, and the capsule is available as the brand-name drug Ezallor Sprinkle.
Keep reading for details on rosuvastatin and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on rosuvastatin, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for rosuvastatin can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
To find out how much you’ll pay for rosuvastatin, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about rosuvastatin and cost.
Does the cost of rosuvastatin tablets vary depending on the strength (5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg)?
It’s possible that the cost of rosuvastatin may vary based on which strength you’re taking. The cost of your medication may also depend on whether you take the tablet or the capsule and on your insurance plan (if you have insurance).
If you have any questions about the cost of rosuvastatin, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you an estimate of how much your medication will cost.
How do the prices for rosuvastatin and atorvastatin compare?
What you’ll pay for either rosuvastatin or atorvastatin may depend on your dose and the form of the drug you take. It may also depend on your insurance plan (if you have insurance).
Both rosuvastatin and atorvastatin (Lipitor) are used for high cholesterol or high triglycerides. (For more information on the similarities and differences between rosuvastatin and atorvastatin, see this article.)
If you have any questions about comparing the costs of rosuvastatin and atorvastatin, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you an estimated cost for your medication.
What will I pay for rosuvastatin if I have Medicare?
If you have Medicare, the cost of rosuvastatin may vary depending on several factors. Each Medicare plan can have varying coverage and different out-of-pocket costs (which are costs you’re responsible for). Check your insurance plan to see how much rosuvastatin may cost you.
For more information on Medicare prescription drug plans, see this article.
If you have any questions about what you’ll pay for rosuvastatin, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Rosuvastatin comes in two brand-name versions called Crestor and Ezallor Sprinkle. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. The generic is considered to be just as safe and effective as the original drug. Generics also tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
To find out how the costs of rosuvastatin and the brand-name versions compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If your doctor has prescribed rosuvastatin and you’re interested in using Crestor or Ezallor Sprinkle instead, talk with your doctor. They may prefer one version or the other. In addition, you’ll need to check with your insurance provider. This is because it may only cover one drug or the other.
If you take rosuvastatin long term, you may be able to lower your costs in the following ways:
- Look into getting a 90-day supply of your medication. You may be able to get a 90-day supply of rosuvastatin if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of rosuvastatin. If you’re interested in getting a 90-day supply of this drug, talk with your doctor or insurance provider.
- Use a mail-order pharmacy to get your medication. Using a mail-order pharmacy might help lower your cost for rosuvastatin. Plus, you could get your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order drugs. You may also be able to get a 90-day supply of the drug through mail order. If you don’t have health insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to suggest online pharmacy options that could work for you.
If you need help covering the cost of rosuvastatin or understanding your insurance, check out these websites:
On these sites, you can find insurance information, details on drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards and other services.
If you have questions about paying for rosuvastatin (including how much the drug may cost without insurance) talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you still have questions about the cost of rosuvastatin, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you a better idea of what you’ll pay for this drug. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for rosuvastatin.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- If I can’t afford my rosuvastatin prescription, what other treatment options may be cheaper for me?
- Does my dosage of rosuvastatin affect the cost?
- Are there any programs or savings cards that can lower the cost of my rosuvastatin?
- Are other statin medications cheaper than rosuvastatin?
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