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) 252 173
Hyperlipidemia 107 81
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 38
Mild 63
None 454

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 108
10 mg daily 84
80 mg daily 40
5 mg daily 3
10 mg m,w,f 2
40 mg m,w,f 2
60 mg daily 2
100 mg daily 2
0.05 mg daily 1

See all 18 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Atorvastatin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 83
Doctor's advice 79
Other 31
Did not seem to work 24
Expense 22
Personal research 21
Change in health plan coverage 11
Course of treatment ended 11
See all 240 patients who've stopped taking Atorvastatin

Duration

Currently taking Atorvastatin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 127
5 - 10 years 93
10 years or more 72

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 56
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 22
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 504
Usually 54
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 24
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 76
Not at all hard to take 491
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 6
$50-99 11
$25-49 29
< $25 288
Not specified 263

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atorvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Simvastatin (Zocor) 42
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) 23
Simvastatin (Zocor) 7
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 5
ezetimibe (Zetia) 3
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching to

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30 patient evaluations for Atorvastatin

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

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Dec 8, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

May 29, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

Apr 8, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My HDL (the good stuff) has always been high, but as I've gotten older, combined with fibro, I've been doing less exercise, so my LDL (the bad stuff) was creeping up.  This med brought it down into the good range. 

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