Statin drugs are prescribed to reduce cholesterol, making them some of the most commonly used drugs in America. Unfortunately, nearly every one of them uses lactose as an inactive ingredient.
Several years ago I had hopes that a new statin drug that didn't cause muscle pain, a common side-effect, might also be lactose-free. No such luck. Ezetrol (ezetimibe) does contain lactose now that it's on the market.
There is one brand name that doesn't. Lescol.
Lescol doesn't work for everybody and has side-effects of its own, as a correspondent recently wrote me. I tried to find a substitute, but no luck.
The alternative is to pay an additional fee and go to a compounding pharmacy. They make up prescriptions to order with offending ingredients removed. I wrote about them in Try a Compounding Pharmacy for Lactose-Free Medications and it's time I gave you a reminder.
The links I gave then are still good.
There seem to be two major trade organizations.
The Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) has more than 3500 members, many of them outside American in Canada, Australia, Europe and New Zealand. To find a compounding pharmacist close to you, call them at 1-800-331-2498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) represents more than "1,800 pharmacists, physicians, technicians and patients."