How Much Does Atorvastatin Cost Without Insurance?

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How Much Does Atorvastatin Cost Without Insurance?

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RxSaver Editors
By RxSaver Editors
Apr 17, 2020 - Updated Jan 28, 2021
Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
Medically Reviewed ByCarina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
A pharmacist holds a bag of atorvastatin at the pharmacy check-out, perhaps for a patient without insurance.

Each day, more and more Americans are finding themselves unemployed due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. If you find yourself in the same situation, you are not alone.

More people than ever before are losing their employer-provided health insurance and need resources to manage their health without the safety net of their health insurance.

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It’s important to remember that during this time you have options when it comes to affording the medication you and your families need during this time.

What is atorvastatin?

Atorvastatin is the generic version of the brand medication Lipitor. Atorvastatin is part of the class of drugs known as “statins”.   These drugs work by reducing cholesterol, created by the liver, and help to lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL), and increasing  “good” cholesterol (HDL).

There are two classifications of cholesterol:  LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein. Both of these particles are made up of protein and fat which carry cholesterol throughout the body.  In order to be diagnosed with high cholesterol, your body has been determined to be producing too high of LDL cholesterol.

Atorvastatin is most commonly prescribed for high cholesterol.

What is the cost of atorvastatin without insurance?

The cost of atorvastatin without insurance starts at $9.23* for 30 tablets, 40mg using an RxSaver coupon.

The price of atorvastatin and its brand medication Lipitor varies by pharmacy and location. It’s important to note that the generic medication to a brand drug, is typically much cheaper, is often prescribed as a way to cut prescription costs.

There are other ways to save on your prescription besides choosing generic medications. Prescription coupons exist to help you save, and apps like RxSaver can help find the best price for your prescription at nearby pharmacies.

The cost of atorvastatin can vary in price depending on the pharmacy your atorvastatin prescription is filled at. Below is a list of pharmacies and the starting cost of an atorvastatin prescription using an RxSaver coupon.

Medication Pharmacy Lowest Price for Common Dosages*
Atorvastatin Walgreens $33.83
Atorvastatin Rite Aid $27.55
Atorvastatin Walmart $15.00
Atorvastatin CVS $19.53
Atorvastatin Costco $9.23
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How to get atorvastatin without insurance?

Ask About Generic Options

Generic medications are just as effective as their brand counterparts and are often much less expensive. Chat with your health care provider to see if you can switch to a generic option if you are prescribed a brand version of your medication.

If you are currently prescribed Lipitor, ask your health care provider about switching to the generic Lipitor option, atorvastatin. The cost of atorvastatin and its brand version, Lipitor , varies in price by pharmacy and location.

Check Pharmacy Prices

It’s not common knowledge that the cost of sildenafil can vary by pharmacy. Always make sure to check pharmacy prices in your area, using RxSaver to help determine where the best coupons for atorvastatin are located. A quick switch of your pharmacy could save you up to 85% off your medication!

Use RxSaver

RxSaver is a prescription savings program that offers cheap atorvastatin prices at all major pharmacies. You can search coupons through RxSaver’s website or free app and find free coupons on prescription medications.

Can you buy atorvastatin over the counter?

You must have a prescription from your health care provider in order to obtain a pharmacy fill atorvastatin medication.  COVID-19 restrictions have led to many doctor offices closing in-person exams to limit exposure to others. However, you have many virtual health care options through telemedicine platforms, where you can speak directly with a health care provider.

A health care provider will review your symptoms or pre-existing health conditions to determine if a prescription or refill is needed for atorvastatin.

If you are needing to refill a previous atorvastatin prescription and do not have authorization from your health care provider, please check with your pharmacist directly, since many states are now allowing emergency refills of essential medications.

What conditions does atorvastatin treat?

Atorvastatin is commonly used to treat the following conditions. The below list is not a complete list of all the conditions atorvastatin is prescribed to treat.

  • High Cholesterol
  • Treatment to slow the progression of coronary artery disease
  • Prevention of a heart attack
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertriglyceridemia

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How does atorvastatin work?

Atorvastatin, a medication that is part of the “statin” drug classification work to slow the liver’s production of LDL cholesterol while simultaneously speeding up the liver’s processing of LDL cholesterol. The goal of atorvastatin is to lower the body’s overall LDL-C, which is a two-pronged approach of how a statin works on the liver.

Atorvastatin works to slow LDL production by the liver while also helping the liver to process and clear LDL at the same time.

Atorvastatin is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet

If you have concerns as to whether the generic version of atorvastatin works as effectively as Lipitor, always reach out directly to your health care provider as the best resource.

Your health care provider will know your health history and is the best resource for discussing what prescription is best for you.

Keep in mind, generic medications are FDA-approved, which means they contain the same active ingredients as the brand version of the medication, with identical strength and dosage form.

Always Check RxSaver Before Filling a Prescription

If you’ve recently become unemployed always check RxSaver to ensure you’re paying the lowest cost for your prescription.  RxSaver works in place of insurance benefits to lower your prescription cost.

When picking up your prescription, show your RxSaver coupon to the pharmacist. You can also call ahead of your prescription fill and give your RxSaver coupon code to the pharmacist over the phone.

*Lowest online price at national pharmacy chains Costco, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart as of 2/1/2021. Prices vary by location and pharmacy, see RxSaver.com for actual pricing in your area.

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RxSaver Editors

RxSaver Editors

RxSaver Editors are wellness enthusiasts who help you learn how you can save the most on prescription medication costs and other health-related topics.

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS., is a pharmacist who earned her PharmD from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She maintains an active practice, serving as a Board-Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist at a large metropolitan teaching hospital in New York City. Carina has also published in pharmacy journals and works as a consultant reviewing medical articles for publication.

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