Compare Atorvastatin vs. Antara

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Lipitor
(Atorvastatin)

Antara
(Fenofibrate)

Lowers cholesterol. Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is a good medication to improve your cholesterol. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.Lowers cholesterol. Antara (Fenofibrate) is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
63%
of people say Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is worth it
51%
say it works well
13%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Antara (Fenofibrate)
27%
36% vs. Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
14%
37% vs. Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
29%
16% vs. Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
Side effects
AtorvastatinAntara
  • Diarrhea 8%
  • Common cold 5%
  • Muscle pain 5%
  • Joint pain 5%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Pain in extremity 3%
  • Urinary tract infection 2%
  • Sleep difficulty 2%
  • Muscle spasms 2%
  • Throat pain 2%
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  • 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%
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How it works
AtorvastatinAntara
Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is 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).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).
Type of medication
AtorvastatinAntara
Cholesterol-lowering
Statin
Prescription only
Cholesterol-lowering
Fibric acid
Prescription only
Available as
AtorvastatinAntara
  • Pill
  • Pill
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AtorvastatinAntara
Risk factors for serious side effects
AtorvastatinAntara
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • Prior history of chronic liver disease
    • Pregnancy
        Detailed Lipitor (Atorvastatin) risks & warnings »
        • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with statins
        • Past history of liver disease
          • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with anticoagulants
                  Detailed Antara (Fenofibrate) risks & warnings »
                  Pregnancy category
                  AtorvastatinAntara
                  XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

                  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.

                  See the FDA package insert
                  CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

                  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.

                  See the FDA package insert
                  Alcohol
                  • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
                  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
                  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
                  Food
                  No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
                  Kidneys and liver
                  • Statins can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, and liver damage. Some people have to stop taking this medicine because of these problems.
                  • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
                  • People on Lipitor (Atorvastatin) have reported muscle pain which may lead to muscle and kidney damage. This has been very rare. Talk to your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain or weakness or fever and you don't know why.
                  • People on Antara (Fenofibrate) while taking statins have reported muscle pain which may lead to muscle and kidney damage. This has been very rare. Talk to your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain or weakness or fever and you don't know why.
                  Sex
                  No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
                  Sleep
                  No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
                  Weight
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                  Upsides and benefits
                  AtorvastatinAntara
                  • Can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
                  • One of the strongest cholesterol-lowering statin medications.
                  • A good option for people who have high cholesterol and diabetes.
                  • 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.
                  Downsides and risks
                  AtorvastatinAntara
                  • Statins can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, and liver damage. Some people have to stop taking this medicine because of these problems.
                  • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
                  • Eating a lot of grapefruit can raise your risk of liver damage.
                  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
                  • 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.
                  Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
                  AtorvastatinAntara
                  • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
                  • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
                  • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever or weakness.
                  • Tell your doctor if you notice dark urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
                  • 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.
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