Therapeutic Equivalent

Listed below are some of the more common high cost drugs and their lower cost alternatives. The lower cost products were all once branded drugs and have been proven to be safe and effective.


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If you are on: to treat: the lower cost alternative(s) is(are):
CRESTOR®
LESCOL® (XL)
VYTORIN®
LIVALO®
High Cholesterol simvastatin (Zocor®)   
lovastatin (Mevacor®)
pravastatin (Pravachol®)
atorvastatin (Lipitor®)
BENICAR® (HCT)
EDARBI®
High Blood Pressure benazepril (Lotensin®)
candesartan (Atacand®)
captopril (Capoten®)
enalapril (Vasotec®)
fosinopril (Monopril®)
irbesartan (Avapro®/Avalide®)
lisinopril (Prinivil®)
losartan (Cozaar®)
ramipril (Altace®)
telmisartan (Micardis®)
valsartan (Diovan®)
And their HCTZ counter parts
DEXILANT®
NEXIUM®
Acid Reflux Nexium® 24 Hour (OTC)
Prevacid® 24 Hour (OTC)
Prilosec® OTC
Zegerid® OTC
omeprazole  (Prilosec®)
pantoprazole (Protonix®)
rabeprazole (Aciphex®)
PEXEVA®
PRISTIQ®
BRINTELLIX®
VIIBRYD®
Depression citalopram (Celexa®)
duloxetine (Cymbalta®)
escitalopram (Lexapro®)
fluoxetine (Prozac®)
fluvoxamine (Luvox®)
paroxetine (Paxil® (CR)
sertraline (Zoloft®)
venlafaxine (Effexor®)
venlafaxine ER capsules (Effexor XR®)
FORTAMET®
GLUMETZA®
RIOMET®
Diabetes metformin (XR) (Glucophage® (XR)
ATELVIA®
BINOSTO®
FOSAMAX PLUS D®
Osteoporosis alendronate (Fosamax®)
ibandronate (Boniva®)
risedronate (Actonel®)
ZOLPEDIEM ER (AMBIEN ER® )
ROZEREM®
Insomnia zolpidem (Ambien®)
zaleplon (Sonata®)
eszopiclone (Lunesta®)
CLARINEX®(-D)
XYZAL®
Allergies OTC Alternatives:
loratadine(-D), (Claritin®(-D), or Alavert®)
fexofenadine(-D) or (Allegra®(-D)
certirizine(-D) Zyrtec®(-D)
NASONEX®
VERAMYST®
BECONASE AQ ®
OMNARIS®
Nasal Allergies fluticasone (Flonase®)
triamcinolone (Nasacort AQ®)
budesonide (Rhinocort AQ®)
Nasacort Allergy 24 Hour (OTC)

* Prices may vary based on the quantity, strength and/or dosage of the medication and your plan benefits.