What is Atorvastatin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lipitor Apo-Atorvastatin Aspavor Show all

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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) 256 175
Hyperlipidemia 107 80
General health 40 10
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 14 6
Multiple sclerosis 12 3

Show all 52 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
Severe 43
Moderate 39
Mild 65
None 460

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Atorvastatin

Side effect Patients
Muscle pain 19
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
20 mg daily 119
40 mg daily 103
10 mg daily 85
80 mg daily 37
5 mg daily 3
100 mg daily 2
0.05 mg daily 1
1 mcg daily 1
80 mg monthly 1
10 mg m,w,f 1

See all 17 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Atorvastatin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 83
Doctor's advice 82
Other 31
Did not seem to work 24
Expense 22
Personal research 22
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
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 123
5 - 10 years 89
10 years or more 69

Stopped taking Atorvastatin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 35
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 57
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 23
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 511
Usually 55
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 24
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 76
Not at all hard to take 499
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 6
$50-99 11
$25-49 29
< $25 293
Not specified 267

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atorvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Simvastatin (Zocor) 43
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 17
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 11
Lovastatin (Mevacor) 6
Fenofibrate (Tricor) 2

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Atorvastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 24
Simvastatin (Zocor) 7
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 5
ezetimibe (Zetia) 3
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching to

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31 patient evaluations for Atorvastatin

Mar 14, 2017 (Started Jan 14, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hyperlipidemia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 4, 2016 (Started Jan 14, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hyperlipidemia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 17, 2015 (Started Jan 14, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hyperlipidemia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg M,W,F
Advice & Tips: Take as little of it as you need to achieve therapeutic goal.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 14, 2015 (Started Jan 14, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hyperlipidemia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 9, 2017 (Started Jan 25, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I've read on many websites that liptor can weaken muscles . I'm still having issue with rigid muscles from Parkinson's disease. most article link to two together

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 19, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The Lipitor works GREAT I now have better Cholesterol Levels.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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