Compare Antara vs. Atorvastatin

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Antara
(Fenofibrate)

Lipitor
(Atorvastatin)

Lowers cholesterol. Antara (Fenofibrate) is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.Lowers cholesterol. Lipitor (Atorvastatin) improves your cholesterol levels and is a common first treatment for people with high cholesterol or heart disease.
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3.3Antara
Reviews for Antara (Fenofibrate)
27%
of people (All ages) say Antara (Fenofibrate) is worth it
14%
say it works well
29%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
63%
+36% vs. Antara (Fenofibrate)
51%
+37% vs. Antara (Fenofibrate)
13%
+16% vs. Antara (Fenofibrate)
1377 reviews
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Side effects
AntaraAtorvastatin
  • Abnormal liver function tests 7%
  • Increased ast 2%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 1%
  • Constipation 1%
  • Increased alt 1%
More Antara side effects »
  • Diarrhea 8%
  • Common cold 5%
  • Muscle pain 5%
  • Joint pain 5%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Pain in the arms and legs 3%
  • Urinary tract infection 2%
  • Muscle spasms 2%
  • Sleep difficulty 2%
  • Sore throat 2%
More Atorvastatin side effects »
How it works
AntaraAtorvastatin
Antara (Fenofibrate) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It removes triglycerides from your body and makes it easier to process "bad" cholesterol (LDL). This also increases "good" cholesterol (HDL).Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It lowers the amount of cholesterol your body makes, which helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).
Type of medication
AntaraAtorvastatin
Cholesterol-lowering
Fibric acid
Prescription only
Cholesterol-lowering
Statin
Prescription only
Available as
AntaraAtorvastatin
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  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
AntaraAtorvastatin
Risk factors for serious side effects
AntaraAtorvastatin
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with anticoagulants
Detailed risks & warnings »
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Prior history of chronic liver disease
  • Pregnancy
  • History of hemorrhagic strokes
Detailed risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

Alcohol
AntaraAtorvastatin
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are a female, are 65 years or older, or drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
Kidneys and liver
AntaraAtorvastatin
  • Reports of liver damage have been reported in people who take Antara (Fenofibrate), especially in people with a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver with blood tests on a regular basis.
  • Statins such as Lipitor (Atorvastatin) can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, or liver damage. Some people need to stop taking this medicine if these problems occur.
  • Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can raise your risk of liver damage while taking Lipitor (Atorvastatin).
  • People on Lipitor (Atorvastatin) have reported muscle pain, which may lead to muscle and kidney damage. This is more likely to happen if you're older and you're taking higher doses of Lipitor (Atorvastatin). If you suddenly feel muscle pain or weakness and you haven't been exercising, stop taking Lipitor (Atorvastatin) and talk to your doctor right away.
  • Liver damage has been reported in people who take Lipitor (Atorvastatin). If you notice dark urine or yellowing of your eyes or skin, talk to your doctor. Your doctor might run blood tests to check your liver.
Pain
AntaraAtorvastatin
No pain related info.
  • Tell your doctor if you suddenly feel severe muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
Upsides and benefits
AntaraAtorvastatin
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats), and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Lipitor (Atorvastatin) can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
  • It's one of the strongest cholesterol-lowering statin medications.
  • Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is a good option for people who have high cholesterol and diabetes.
  • It's available as a generic drug and can be used in combination with other cholesterol lowering drugs.
Downsides and risks
AntaraAtorvastatin
  • In studies, it didn't lower heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes.
  • According to new guidelines, you shouldn't take this medicine by itself to lower cholesterol.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
  • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
  • Statins such as Lipitor (Atorvastatin) can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, or liver damage. Some people need to stop taking this medicine if these problems occur.
  • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are a female, are 65 years or older, or drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can raise your risk of liver damage while taking Lipitor (Atorvastatin).
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AntaraAtorvastatin
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • Can cause backache or headache.
  • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 1 hour before or 6 hours after.
  • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
  • Don't eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you suddenly feel severe muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
  • Also tell your doctor if you have dark urine or if you notice a yellow tint in your eyes or skin.
  • Lipitor (Atorvastatin) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant.
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