Licensed medicines in suitable formulations
Simvastatin 20mg/5ml and 40mg/5ml oral suspensions
Available as licensed products. They do not require fridge storage and have an expiry of one month after opening.
Atorvastatin chewable tablets
Available as licensed products and may be suitable for some patients.
Licensed medicines used in an unlicensed manner
Atorvastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin tablets
Can be crushed and/or dispersed in water or crushed and given with soft food. They are film-coated and may taste bitter or unpleasant.
Can be crushed and/or dispersed in water or crushed and given with soft food. They are uncoated.
May be opened, although 20mg capsules are small and fiddly, and dispersed in water or given with soft food.
Fluvastatin modified-release tablets must not be crushed and are not suitable in swallowing difficulties.
In view of the licensed simvastatin oral suspensions available, special-order preparations are unlikely to be required.