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) 245 163
Hyperlipidemia 97 74
General health 40 10
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 14 6
Multiple sclerosis 12 3

Show all 51 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
42
Moderate
36
Mild
52
None
435

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Atorvastatin

Side effect Patients
Muscle pain 17
Muscle aches 8
Muscle and joint pain 8
Fatigue 7
Joints ache 7
Joint tenderness 6

Show all 94 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Atorvastatin

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 119
40 mg daily 108
10 mg daily 89
80 mg daily 36
5 mg daily 2
20 mg twice daily 2
0.05 mg daily 1
1 mcg daily 1
80 mg monthly 1
4 mg daily 1

See all 21 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Atorvastatin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 80
Doctor's advice 76
Other 29
Did not seem to work 23
Expense 23
Personal research 21
Change in health plan coverage 11
Course of treatment ended 10
See all 229 patients who've stopped taking Atorvastatin

Duration

Currently taking Atorvastatin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 58
2 - 5 years 124
5 - 10 years 71
10 years or more 79

Stopped taking Atorvastatin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 36
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 50
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 21
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 474
Usually 54
Sometimes 14
Never taken as prescribed 23
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 71
Not at all hard to take 464
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 6
$50-99 11
$25-49 30
< $25 273
Not specified 244

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atorvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Simvastatin (Zocor) 40
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 13
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 10
Lovastatin (Mevacor) 6
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Atorvastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 19
Simvastatin (Zocor) 6
ezetimibe (Zetia) 3
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 2
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching to

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31 patient evaluations for Atorvastatin

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

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

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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