If you’ve been taking a statin for at least three months and want a convenient way of getting a repeat supply, you can order your prescription online.
We can send you a prescription for a three or six month supply of your current statin. We prescribe all five types of statin but we don't prescribe combination cholesterol lowering medications such as Inegy.
One of our doctors will assess whether you can continue your treatment and issue your prescription. With a prescription from Superdrug Online Doctor, you can buy your statin at any pharmacy in Ireland.
We will send you a prescription for the same medication that you already take, so you shouldn't experience any new side effects.
Healthy living including exercising, losing weight and reducing alcohol consumption can all help to reduce your cholesterol.
If you're not sure that your current medicines are working to your satisfaction, we would recommend you review what you take with your GP.
Statins are a type of medication that can be used to lower your cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is a fatty material that is made in the liver. The body uses it for essential cell functions. There are two types of cholesterol known as good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. If you get too much bad cholesterol, it can build up on the walls of your arteries, like a type of hard plaque. For this reason, cholesterol is a primary cause of heart disease and stroke.
Statins come in different types. For example, atorvastatin and simvastatin are popular types. Rosuvastatin is another type that is used for people who have a history of high cholesterol in their family.
Atorvastatin is a type of statin. It reduces the liver’s production of cholesterol. It is produced without a brand name as a generic medicine. The patent (a type of intellectual property) for atorvastatin ran out in 2012, which means it is now very cheap to buy. Because atorvastatin is now so cheap, the NHS recommended that their GPs should switch their patients from other types of statin, such as simvastatin, to atorvastatin.
Lipitor is a branded version of the atorvastatin. In Lipitor and generic atorvastatin, the active ingredient is the same. Lipitor is just more expensive.