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) 319 206
Hyperlipidemia 121 88
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 44
Moderate 42
Mild 68
None 499

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Atorvastatin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Muscle pain 18
Muscle aches 8
Muscle and joint pain 8
Fatigue 7
Joints ache 7
Joint tenderness 6

Show all 91 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Atorvastatin

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 67
40 mg daily 62
10 mg daily 53
80 mg daily 24
10 mg every other day 2
5 mg daily 2
0.05 mg daily 1
20 mg m,w,f 1
40 mg every other day 1
20 mg twice daily 1

See all 11 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Atorvastatin

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 81
Side effects too severe 81
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 243 patients who've stopped taking Atorvastatin

Duration

Currently taking Atorvastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 73
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 45

Stopped taking Atorvastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 28
1 - 6 months 34
6 months - 1 year 38
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 26
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 549
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 82
Not at all hard to take 537
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 6
$50-99 11
$25-49 29
< $25 317
Not specified 288

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atorvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Simvastatin (Zocor) 51
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 17
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 11
Lovastatin (Mevacor) 6
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Atorvastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 25
Simvastatin (Zocor) 7
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 6
ezetimibe (Zetia) 4
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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31 patient evaluations for Atorvastatin

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

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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