Lipitor

(atorvastatin)

3.8/ 5 average rating with 1377 reviewsforAtorvastatin
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Lowers cholesterol.

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

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Quick facts about Atorvastatin
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (atorvastatin)

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.
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People’s experience with Atorvastatin

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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).
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How it works

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).

Quick facts about Atorvastatin
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (atorvastatin)
People’s experience with Atorvastatin

1377reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Lipitor (atorvastatin) for High cholesterol

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Intestinal problems
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Muscle pain
  • Liver problems
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Side effect rates for Lipitor (atorvastatin)

From 16066 clinical trials of Atorvastatin when taken for high cholesterol
  • Common cold
    8%8%
    8%8%
  • Joint pain
    7%7%
    7%7%
  • Diarrhea
    7%7%
    6%6%
  • Pain in the arms and legs
    6%6%
    6%6%
  • Urinary tract infection
    6%6%
    6%6%
  • Indigestion
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Nausea
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Musculoskeletal pain
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Muscle Spasms
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Myalgia
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Insomnia
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Sore throat
    2%2%
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Atorvastatin.

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Risks and Warnings for Lipitor (atorvastatin)

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  • 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.

Common concerns from people taking Lipitor (atorvastatin)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Atorvastatin
XUnsafe
Alcohol
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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).
Pain
  • Tell your doctor if you suddenly feel severe muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Atorvastatinon 9/17/2017Q10 took care of the pains I was experience .
    66
    Man
    Two years or more
    Heart protection
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Atorvastatinon 8/15/2017increase sugar, breast pain
    55
    Woman
    A month or so
    High cholesterol
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Atorvastatinon 5/31/2017Started at 20mg daily. By 9th day got brain fog, anxiety,anger, leg pain and heartburn. Switched to 20mg every other day and bam! Side effects disappeared. Dr told me to continue the every other day dosage since it is effective at lowering cholesterol and it is well tolerated.
    37
    Woman
    A few months
    High cholesterol