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) 300 195
Hyperlipidemia 118 86
General health 40 11
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 14 6
Multiple sclerosis 12 3

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  • 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 40
Mild 65
None 484

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 90 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Atorvastatin

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 90
40 mg daily 86
10 mg daily 66
80 mg daily 32
5 mg daily 3
10 mg twice daily 2
0.05 mg daily 1
10 mg m,w,f 1
10 mg every other day 1
50 mg weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Atorvastatin

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 81
Side effects too severe 81
Other 32
Did not seem to work 24
Expense 22
Personal research 21
Change in health plan coverage 11
Course of treatment ended 11
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Duration

Currently taking Atorvastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 30
2 - 5 years 93
5 - 10 years 82
10 years or more 64

Stopped taking Atorvastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 28
1 - 6 months 34
6 months - 1 year 38
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 26
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 532
Usually 59
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 79
Not at all hard to take 522
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 6
$50-99 11
$25-49 29
< $25 304
Not specified 281

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atorvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Simvastatin (Zocor) 47
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 17
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 11
Lovastatin (Mevacor) 6
Fenofibrate (Tricor) 2

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) 5
ezetimibe (Zetia) 4
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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30 patient evaluations for Atorvastatin

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

Jul 23, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: check in with your PC with requested blood work
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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