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 117
40 mg daily 105
10 mg daily 85
80 mg daily 35
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 88
10 years or more 68

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

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: 10 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

Jul 23, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: check in with your PC with requested blood work
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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