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Best and Cheapest Source for Atorvastatin

Posted on 03/17/2012 6:38:36 PM PDT by Mean Daddy

Just looking for some Freeper help on where the best and cheapest place to purchase Atorvastatin (generic Lipitor) is. Would be interested in online, clubs (Sam's Club) etc.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: cholesterol; diabetes; statin
Just trying to tap into the vast wealth of member knowledge. I thank you in advance for your insight.
1 posted on 03/17/2012 6:38:43 PM PDT by Mean Daddy
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To: Mean Daddy

Before Lipitor went generic I was getting the generic from Canada. Cheaper than my copayments plus, if you buy in quantity (100 of more pills), the pharmacy ships free.

If you’re interested, I’ll give you the link.


2 posted on 03/17/2012 6:43:12 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Mean Daddy

If you’d like to consider an alternative...
http://www.trackyourplaque.com/blog/2007/07/wheat-belly.html
http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/saturated-fat/wheat-belly/


3 posted on 03/17/2012 6:46:50 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Mean Daddy

That would be great and I have noticed that the cheapest prices are Canada, but I thought it was illegal to purchase from their. Do you use a credit card?


4 posted on 03/17/2012 6:47:21 PM PDT by Mean Daddy
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To: Mean Daddy

Atorvastatin’s improvement in efficacy over simvastatin is slight. I wouldn’t pay much more for it.


5 posted on 03/17/2012 6:49:58 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Mean Daddy

That stuff is horrible for you. Probably give you diabetes.


6 posted on 03/17/2012 6:51:45 PM PDT by WriteOn (Truth)
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To: steve86

A comparison of atorvastatin, pravastatin and simvastatin, based on their effectiveness against placebos, found that, at commonly prescribed doses, there are no statistically significant differences among agents in reducing cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.[14]^ Zhou Z, Rahme E, Pilote L (2006). “Are statins created equal? Evidence from randomized trials of pravastatin, simvastatin, and atorvastatin for cardiovascular disease prevention”. Am. Heart J. 151 (2): 273–81. doi:10.1016/j.ahj.2005.04.003. PMID 16442888.


7 posted on 03/17/2012 6:52:52 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: WriteOn
The OP was asking for member knowledge, not blatant ignorance.
8 posted on 03/17/2012 6:54:40 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Mean Daddy

Same here for the Canada don’t think that generic has made it onto anyone’s $4 list yet. Or get your doc to give you another statin that is on one of the $4 list or $10 for 3 months that seem to be the rage now. All 4 of my BP meds are on the Walgreens list only 3 of them on everybody elses.


9 posted on 03/17/2012 6:57:23 PM PDT by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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To: Mean Daddy

Cut sugar out of your diet and you won’t need statins.


10 posted on 03/17/2012 7:01:15 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: fatnotlazy

Do they have Viagra? Just asking.


11 posted on 03/17/2012 7:16:01 PM PDT by BipolarBob (When do the salmon return to Capistrano?)
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To: Mean Daddy

Statins damage your liver and deplete your coenzyme Q10 levels. Please get your liver enzymes checked every 3 months.


12 posted on 03/17/2012 7:18:43 PM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: BipolarBob

I don’t need it, so I never asked. LOL


13 posted on 03/17/2012 7:18:58 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Mean Daddy

Go to the Pfizer website and download a coupon for 12 months at $4/month for name brand Lipitor II’ve been using it at Walmart since January.


14 posted on 03/17/2012 7:19:58 PM PDT by PaForBush
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To: Mean Daddy

I’m with the “get a Rx for a cheaper statin” crowd. Buying medication out-of-country is a crapshoot at best. You may get the medicine, you may get pressed cornstarch, or you may get something worse. Much worse.


15 posted on 03/17/2012 7:29:05 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: WriteOn

“That stuff is horrible for you. Probably give you diabetes..”

*****

My cardiologist said that’s not true. You are most likely to develop diabetes from poor eating habits and no exercise. However, it is true that the liver has to be monitored via blood tests periodically because there is a chance of liver damage. For the record, I’ve been taking dragons for five years now with no problems. In fact, given my weakened heart, I believe Lipitor and other meds have saved my life.


16 posted on 03/17/2012 7:29:58 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Slings and Arrows

Depends on the pharmacy you are dealing with. The one I use in Canada either sends the meds itself or gets them from western Europe or even the US. No third world countries. And yes, I had a friend who works in a lab test some Plavix I received from this pharmacy and it was legit.


17 posted on 03/17/2012 7:37:50 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: toothfairy86
Please get your liver enzymes checked every 3 months.

They stopped doing that several years ago because the actual incidence of liver problems is so low. Sure, they may throw in an LFT order on a serum test for another reason but it's not required. On the CoQ10, it does seem to be essential for me to take the supplements otherwise I get the myalgias.

18 posted on 03/17/2012 7:40:23 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: fatnotlazy

I have ordered and taken RX from Ranbaxy and another Indian pharmaceutical company with no problems. They are actually working QA harder than the western companies in some ways. Some drugs are much cheaper others about the same.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharmaceutical_industry_in_India


19 posted on 03/17/2012 7:45:05 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: fatnotlazy

I’m glad you’ve had a good experience so far, but there are other considerations. Off the top of my head:

1. If Walgreen’s or CVS screws up, you know where to find them. If these guys fornicate the canine, you’d have a harder time.

2. Are these guys going to call your doctor if they find a potential medication interaction? Do they even have your Rx information beyond the atorvastatin?


20 posted on 03/17/2012 7:49:50 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Mean Daddy

i hate statins. i have heart disease in the family so a reading of 241 was a concern to my doctor, who is a trained lipotologist, in the past year, with exercise, losing 20 pounds, watching my diet but not fanatically so and taking 2000mg of niacin every night (from a place in oregon) and 2 red rice yeast capsules. it is at 183.


21 posted on 03/17/2012 7:56:47 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: PaForBush

Hubby uses the same card at Walgreens. As far as I know everyone accepts it.


22 posted on 03/17/2012 8:15:10 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Mean Daddy

http://m.lipitorforyou.com/

$4 co-pay card


23 posted on 03/17/2012 8:19:20 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Mean Daddy

any truth to the claim that lipitor degrades mental function. if so is there an alternative that doesn’t do that.


24 posted on 03/17/2012 8:31:21 PM PDT by ckilmer
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To: Mean Daddy

Are you trying to kill yourself?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2856649/posts


25 posted on 03/17/2012 8:34:37 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: steve86

The FDA now requires a warning on statins that they can cause increased blood sugar levels - http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/28/us-fda-statins-idUSTRE81R1O220120228

I developed Type II diabetes 3 years into taking Lipitor. I also experienced muscle wasting, memory loss, and pain in my joints. Statins are toxic, and do nothing to increase longevity. Cholesteral is NOT the boogie man in heart disease. High cortisol levels are a much more accurate indicator of heart disease risk.


26 posted on 03/17/2012 8:36:43 PM PDT by grunt03 (live free or die)
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To: toothfairy86

I’ve been taking CoQ10 for years, but I never figured out what the best dosage is. I take a few vitamins daily, plus fish oil and raw bee pollen, but never been a megadose guy. Do you happen to know an effective but conservative recommended dose for CoQ10? Thanks.


27 posted on 03/17/2012 8:41:16 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: bravo whiskey

What is the niacin for?


28 posted on 03/17/2012 8:42:48 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: steve86

How much CoQ10 per day do you take?


29 posted on 03/17/2012 8:48:38 PM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Mean Daddy

Save your money, save your life and eat the way you were designed to eat.-Wb
http://preventdisease.com/news/12/030112_World-Renown-Heart-Surgeon-Speaks-Out-On-What-Really-Causes-Heart-Disease.shtml


30 posted on 03/17/2012 8:50:46 PM PDT by Wagonboy (STOP GLOBAL WHINING!)
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To: grunt03

I agree with that cholesterol. My DH eats at least 15 pounds of meat a week mostly beef plus 2 gallons or more ice cream. 32 inch waist. He is a Yankee though,we don’t fry food and he likes his veggies crunchy,lol.

I never believed eggs were bad for you,they have stuff in them that cleans arteries. But I fell for that low meat/high carb crap they came out with 20 years or whatever ago. The low salt is crap too unless you have a serious condition.


31 posted on 03/17/2012 8:59:18 PM PDT by libbylu
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To: fatnotlazy
Depends on the pharmacy you are dealing with. The one I use in Canada either sends the meds itself or gets them from western Europe or even the US. No third world countries.

I had my Dr. write me a paper prescription for one medication because the co-pay was so high. I told him I was going to order it from a Canadian pharmacy that gets drugs from India. He was dubious.

I ordered two other drugs from my insurance pharmacy and when them came they were relabeled and in non-original bottles, but they had the manufacturer name on them. I looked it up on the internet and shockingly, both were made in India.

32 posted on 03/17/2012 9:05:32 PM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: Mean Daddy

Here’s a link with some information I believe is important to know. It isn’t the only source out there so you don’t have to rely only on this one.

http://www.virginiahopkinstestkits.com/whitakerstatins.html


33 posted on 03/17/2012 9:38:25 PM PDT by upsdriver
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To: Mean Daddy
Cut and paste the link for Northwest Pharmacy in Canada into your browser

http://www.northwestpharmacy.com/Default.aspx?mid=e8875f1e7cd04082ba661bbf31fadb61

Some of the mail order companies are “more than a little bit shady.” I have used Northwest for 3 years. Their ethical standards are excellent. Although I have Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance on some items it is much cheaper to order them from Northwest and simply pay for the drug. Northwest uses only high quality generic drugs supplied from only reputable drug manufacturers.

34 posted on 03/17/2012 11:19:29 PM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

1. This pharmacy is licensed in Canada. I even checked with the licensing agency. The pharmacy is in good standing with few substantive complaints, and they havd an excellent record for resolving whatever complaints there are. When a problem arose with one of my meds, I spoke by telephone with a live person who was more than eager go help. Nut other meds come through an insurance pharmacy supplier in the US, and I’ve never had such good service with this US supplier as I’ve had with this Canadian outfit.

2. You’re right; the company doesn’t ask for a list of your other meds, but my doctor has a list which he consults before prescribing even the meds I’ve taken since 2007. When your doctor prescribes a new med, you should ask him or her if it will work with your other meds, even nonprescription items like vitamins or pain relievers.


35 posted on 03/18/2012 3:54:16 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Mean Daddy

Statins have terrible side effects and lowering cholesterol has proven to be of little, if any, benefit......http://www.naturalnews.com/z035249_hardening_of_the_arteries_cranberries_remedies.html


36 posted on 03/18/2012 4:01:43 AM PDT by csmusaret (I have kleptomania, but when it gets too bad I take something.)
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To: cpdiii

Same pharmacy I use. Started with them last year when I entered the Medicare coverage gap and my Medicare supplier informed me I would have to pay $200 to $300 for a 90 day supply of two name brand drugs, Plavix and Lipitor. For a 100 day supply of the generic equivalents, I paid around $72 at Northwest. That was cheaper than my usual Medicare copayments of $75 for a 90 day supply.


37 posted on 03/18/2012 4:02:58 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Lancey Howard

My husband takes COQ10 200 mg twice a day and it’s been working for him. We get it at vitacost.com. Cheapest place I’ve found.


38 posted on 03/18/2012 5:24:21 AM PDT by gopheraj
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To: Lancey Howard

If you have heart disease or high cholesterol, respiratory problems, a history of cancer or even gum disease, they usually recommend a dose of 200-300mg of CoQ10 per day. Divided into 2 or 3 doses. Don’t take it in the evening, because it might keep you awake. CoQ10 works to help your mitochondria carry oxygen better to the cells. It is something your body naturally produces, but gets depleted as we age. It is fat soluble, so take it with food that contains some oil or fat. Some of the formulas have it combined with Vitamin E oil for better absorption. If you don’t have any of these health issues, you can take between 50-100 mg. per day. It can get expensive, so watch for sales and only buy from reputable companies.


39 posted on 03/18/2012 5:39:37 AM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: toothfairy86

As with any nutritional supplement, keep your physician informed as to the supplements you are taking. Even though many of them don’t know much about these things. You’re almost better off discussion these things with your pharmacist first.


40 posted on 03/18/2012 5:43:45 AM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: toothfairy86

Thanks!


41 posted on 03/18/2012 8:54:46 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: grunt03
I totally agree with the way you worded the first sentence “can cause increased blood sugar levels”. How much? Well, 7 mg/dl in non-diabetic patients according to a large study, probably the one you're referencing. All of “7”. In fact, many other common medications can have the same small effect — such as Ziac, which I have taken. Would a typical clinician or researcher refer to this as “causing diabetes” in these patients who now have an average fasting level of 105 mg/dl? No, not likely.

I'm not going to get into the mortality vs. morbidity vs. quality of life argument this morning, and I hope your health improves, but do not see diabetes-statin link in the way some have portrayed it, in patients who are not diabetic to begin with.

You can always find personal anecdotes that illustrate this or that. For example, my wife developed Type II (pre-statin), put on Glucophage and then Ziac for hypertension and Zocor for lipids a couple years later, but her blood glocose has been in a downtrend ever since starting the Glucophage. So the glucose lifting effects of the statin and beta blocker must be quite small in her case.

Good luck, sir!

42 posted on 03/18/2012 9:22:32 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Poser

I take 100 mg/day of the high-absorption kind or 300 of the ordinary kind.


43 posted on 03/18/2012 9:24:42 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Mean Daddy

Ping to #42 if they’ve got you worried about the diabetes thing.


44 posted on 03/18/2012 9:28:56 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: steve86

Qunol is one of the so-called easily-absorbed CoQ10 products.


45 posted on 03/18/2012 11:49:17 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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