What is Atorvastatin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Atorvastatin-fenofibrate Caduet Fibator

Atorvastatin is an antilipemic agent used for the treatment of lipid disorders, including hyperlipidemia or primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 328 214
Hyperlipidemia 121 89
General health 40 11
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 14 6
Multiple sclerosis 12 3

Show all 53 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 45
Moderate 42
Mild 69
None 511

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Atorvastatin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Muscle pain 19
Muscle aches 8
Muscle and joint pain 8
Fatigue 7
Joints ache 7
Joint tenderness 6

Show all 92 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Atorvastatin

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 54
10 mg daily 49
40 mg daily 48
80 mg daily 23
5 mg daily 3
10 mg every other day 2
0.05 mg daily 1
20 mg m,w,f 1
40 mg every other day 1
60 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Atorvastatin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 82
Side effects too severe 82
Other 33
Did not seem to work 25
Expense 21
Personal research 21
Change in health plan coverage 11
Course of treatment ended 11
See all 246 patients who've stopped taking Atorvastatin

Duration

Currently taking Atorvastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 51
5 - 10 years 61
10 years or more 49

Stopped taking Atorvastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 29
1 - 6 months 34
6 months - 1 year 38
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 56
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 26
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 563
Usually 61
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 84
Not at all hard to take 549
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 6
$50-99 11
$25-49 29
< $25 325
Not specified 294

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atorvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Simvastatin (Zocor) 51
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 18
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 11
Lovastatin (Mevacor) 6
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 1

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Atorvastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 28
Simvastatin (Zocor) 7
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 6
ezetimibe (Zetia) 5
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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31 patient evaluations for Atorvastatin

Jun 16, 2020 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Been taking this for quite some time and no problems at all.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 17, 2020 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Good Medication if you are trying to lower cholesterol .
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 27, 2020 (Started Feb 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 24, 2020 (Started Feb 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 17, 2018 (Started Feb 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 22, 2017 (Started Feb 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 15, 2015 (Started Feb 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take before brushing teeth at night.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 20, 2014 (Started Feb 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 12, 2018 (Started Jul 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am less worried about possible stroke if I keep my cholesterol low I am not worried about side effects, but vigilant. Can be very long term, I hear...

May 1, 2018 (Started Jul 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily

Jan 17, 2018 (Started Jul 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily

Jun 26, 2016 (Started Jul 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Worth trying. I would be more concerned about side effects if I was younger...

  • 0 helpful marks
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