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) 711 234
Hyperlipidemia 185 89
Chronic kidney disease 55 1
General health 41 12
Transient ischemic attack 28 2

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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 45
Moderate 42
Mild 71
None 534

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 93 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Atorvastatin

Dosage Patients Percentage
40 mg daily 53
20 mg daily 51
10 mg daily 31
80 mg daily 25
10 mg every other day 2
0.05 mg daily 1
5 mg daily 1
40 mg every other day 1
60 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Atorvastatin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 88
Doctor's advice 87
Other 37
Did not seem to work 26
Expense 22
Personal research 22
Course of treatment ended 12
Change in health plan coverage 11
See all 259 patients who've stopped taking Atorvastatin

Duration

Currently taking Atorvastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 55
10 years or more 44

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 57
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 27
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 584
Usually 64
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 85
Not at all hard to take 572
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 9
$50-99 11
$25-49 29
< $25 338
Not specified 303

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atorvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Simvastatin (Zocor) 58
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 20
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 13
Lovastatin (Mevacor) 6
ezetimibe (Zetia) 2

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Atorvastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 41
Simvastatin (Zocor) 13
ezetimibe (Zetia) 10
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 7
Fenofibrate (Tricor) 2

Show all 15 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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