Compare Atorvastatin vs. Vytorin
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Lipitor (atorvastatin) improves your cholesterol levels and is a common first treatment for people with high cholesterol or heart disease.
3.8/ 5 average rating with 1377 reviewsforAtorvastatin
Vytorin is expensive and is no more effective than simvastatin by itself.
3.3/ 5 average rating with 99 reviewsforVytorin
- 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.
- A 2-in-1 cholesterol-lowering combination medicine.
- Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
- 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 clinical studies, simvastatin/ezetimibe hasn't controlled cholesterol better than simvastatin alone.
- There's no generic available, so it can be expensive.
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12possible side effects
- Common cold8%
- Joint pain7%
- Pain in the arms and legs6%
- Urinary tract infection6%
- Musculoskeletal pain4%
- Muscle Spasms4%
- Sore throat2%
8possible side effects
- Any side effect5%
- Increased ALT4%
- Upper respiratory tract infection4%
- Pain in extremity2%
Risks and risk factors
- Muscle pain
- Liver damage
- Heavy alcohol use
- Prior history of chronic liver disease
- Birth defects
- History of hemorrhagic strokes
- Increased blood sugars
- Muscle pain
- Asian patients taking high-dose niacin
- Liver damage
- Past history of liver disease
- heavy alcohol use
- High blood sugar
- Increased risk for colds and flu
- Skin reactions
- Harm to fetus