Compare Atorvastatin vs. Antara

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

Lipitor
(Atorvastatin)

Antara
(Fenofibrate)

Lowers cholesterol. Lipitor (Atorvastatin) improves your cholesterol levels and is a common first treatment for people with high cholesterol or heart disease.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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5.16Atorvastatin
Reviews for Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
63%
of people (All ages) say Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is worth it
51%
say it works well
13%
say it's a big hassle
1377 reviews
Have you used Lipitor (Atorvastatin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Antara (Fenofibrate)
27%
-36% worse vs. Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
14%
-37% worse vs. Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
29%
-16% worse vs. Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
Have you used Antara (Fenofibrate)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
AtorvastatinAntara
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Muscle spasms 1%
  • Muscle pain 1%
More Atorvastatin side effects »
  • Abnormal liver function tests 7%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Increased ast 2%
  • Increased alt 1%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Constipation 1%
More Antara side effects »
How it works
AtorvastatinAntara
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).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
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
AtorvastatinAntara
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
AtorvastatinAntara
Risk factors for serious side effects
AtorvastatinAntara
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • Prior history of chronic liver disease
    • Pregnancy
    • History of hemorrhagic strokes
      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

                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.

                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.

                Alcohol
                AtorvastatinAntara
                • 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.
                • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
                • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
                Kidneys and liver
                AtorvastatinAntara
                • 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.
                • 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.
                Pain
                AtorvastatinAntara
                • Tell your doctor if you suddenly feel severe muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
                No pain related info.
                Upsides and benefits
                AtorvastatinAntara
                • 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.
                • 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 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).
                • 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.
                • 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.
                • 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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                Have you used Lipitor (Atorvastatin)?
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