Compare Atorvastatin vs. Lopid

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Lipitor (atorvastatin)

Prescription only

Lopid (Gemfibrozil)

Prescription only
Lowers cholesterol.

Lipitor (atorvastatin) improves your cholesterol levels and is a common first treatment for people with high cholesterol or heart disease.

5.2/ 7 average rating with 1377 reviewsforAtorvastatin
Lowers triglyceride levels.

Lopid (Gemfibrozil) is a generically available medication that can lower triglyceride levels by up to 50%.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Considered as a first choice medication for lowering triglyceride levels in the blood. Studies have shown it can reduce triglycerides by up to 50%.
  • Available as a generic.
  • Can be used with other medications, such as fish oil, to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
Downsides
  • 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).
  • While Lopid (Gemfibrozil) has been shown to lower triglycerides, it has not been shown by itself to reduce the number of deaths caused by high cholesterol.
  • Can't be used with statins to lower cholesterol because of the risk of muscle and kidney damage.
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Reviews
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think this treatment is worth it
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think this treatment works well
13%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Common cold
    8%
  • Joint pain
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Pain in the arms and legs
    6%
  • Urinary tract infection
    6%
  • Indigestion
    5%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Musculoskeletal pain
    4%
  • Muscle Spasms
    4%
  • Myalgia
    4%
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The Lopid (Gemfibrozil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Liver damage

    Heavy alcohol use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Birth defects

    Pregnancy

  • Stroke

    History of hemorrhagic strokes

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  • Muscle pain

    Taking Lopid (Gemfibrozil) with statins

  • Liver damage

    Past history of liver disease

  • Increased bleeding risk

    Taking Lopid (Gemfibrozil) with anticoagulants

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