A new study released by JAMA Neurol, the neurological arm of the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that statins may reduce the risk of Alzheimer disease in patients.
The study found that a reduction in Alzheimer disease risk varied across statin molecules, sex and race/ethnicity. JAMA stated that more thorough clinical trials, including racial and ethnics groups, are needed to confirm the findings.
Talk to your physician about the use of statins and reducing the risk of Alzheimer disease.
JAMA says statins may affect Alzheimer disease risk and physicians should consider which statin is prescribed to each individual patient.
The American Medical Association (AMA) examined 399,979 statin users age 65 and older with high or low exposure to statins. The study compared this group of people to a 20% sample of Medical beneficiaries and their pharmacy claims from 2006 to 2013.
Statins are a class of drugs used to reduce low-density lipoprotein, LDL cholesterol, within the body. The drugs are used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, like heart disease, stroke and heart attack. Common statins are Crestor (Rosuvastatin Calcium), Zocor (Simvastatin) and Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium).
You may know someone prescribed a statin. Tell them about this study and how it relates to statins and Alzheimer’s.
About 73.5 million adults, in the United States, have high LDL cholesterol. Around 26% of those were using statins. Furthermore, from 2003 to 2012, statin use increased from 17.8% to 25.9% among the population aged 40 and over.
How can I save money when filling a prescription for statins?
Many consumers are unaware the brand name of their medication is available in generic form. Many brand name statins have generic versions currently available. For example, the patent for Crestor expired earlier this year, making its generic version (Rosuvastatin Calcium) available to fill right now.
Be sure to always shop pharmacy prices for your medications. Exploring generic alternatives and shopping around for your medications are the best ways to immediately lower the monthly cost of your prescription. By simply switching from Crestor to Rosuvastatin Calcium, you could save around $2,400 a year.
Try searching for the lowest price on your statin below.