What is Lipitor?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Atorvastatin

Lipitor® is a brand name for the drug atorvastatin, part of the statin class of drugs used in the treatment of dyslipidemias to reduce elevations of total cholesterol or for prevention of heart attack or stroke in at risk patients.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 82 40
General health 40 10
Hyperlipidemia 34 8
Multiple sclerosis 12 3
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 11 4

Show all 35 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 16
Moderate 22
Mild 19
None 145

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lipitor

Side effect Patients
Muscle aches 7
Joints ache 6
Joint tenderness 6
Muscle pain 6
Muscle soreness 6
Nausea 4

Show all 41 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lipitor

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 36
10 mg daily 31
40 mg daily 24
80 mg daily 9
1 mcg daily 1
5 mg daily 1
50 mg weekly 1
10 mg twice daily 1
100 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Lipitor

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 49
Doctor's advice 47
Other 25
Expense 18
Did not seem to work 13
Personal research 13
Change in health plan coverage 8
Course of treatment ended 6
See all 156 patients who've stopped taking Lipitor

Duration

Currently taking Lipitor

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 33

Stopped taking Lipitor

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 168
Usually 22
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 17
Not at all hard to take 172
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 3
$50-99 6
$25-49 22
< $25 110
Not specified 60

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lipitor after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 7
Simvastatin (Zocor) 3
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 1
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 1

Patients stopped taking Lipitor and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 15
Simvastatin (Zocor) 4
ezetimibe (Zetia) 2
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 2
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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19 patient evaluations for Lipitor

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

Jul 15, 2012 (Started May 31, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I'd never go on this med again.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 11, 2011 (Started Feb 11, 2007)

  • 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, 2011 (Started Feb 11, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 20, 2010 (Started Feb 11, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 9, 2009 (Started Feb 11, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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