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Lipitor (atorvastatin)

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Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Jay W. Marks, MD

Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Medical and Pharmacy Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Lipitor (atorvastatin) is an oral drug that lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood. It belongs to a class of drugs referred to as statins, which includes:

lovastatin (Mevacor), simvastatin, (Zocor), fluvastatin (Lescol), pravastatin (Pravachol), and rosuvastatin (Crestor). Is Lipitor (atorvastatin) available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for Lipitor (atorvastatin)?


Why is Lipitor (atorvastatin) prescribed to patients?Lipitor is used for the treatment of elevated total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides and to elevate HDL cholesterol. The effectiveness of Lipitor in lowering cholesterol is dose-related, meaning that higher doses reduce cholesterol more. Lipitor prevents: angina, stroke, heart attack, hospitalization for congestive heart failure, and revascularization procedures in individuals with coronary artery disease. Lipitor reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke, angina and revascularization procedures in adults with multiple risk factors for coronary artery disease. Lipitor also prevents heart attacks and strokes in patients with type 2 diabetes with multiple risk factors for coronary artery disease. What are the side effects of Lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Lipitor is generally well-tolerated. Minor side effects include:

Constipation Diarrhea Fatigue Gas Heartburn Headache

Other commonly reported side effects include:

Common cold (nasopharyngitis) Joint pain (arthralgia) Pain in the extremities Urinary tract infection

Lipitor may cause liver and muscle damage. Serious liver damage caused by statins is rare. Liver tests should be performed at the beginning of treatment then as needed thereafter.

Inflammation of the muscles caused by statins can lead to serious breakdown of muscle cells called rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis causes the release of muscle protein (myoglobin) into the blood, and myoglobin can cause kidney failure and even death. When used alone, statins cause rhabdomyolysis in less than one percent of patients. To prevent the development of serious rhabdomyolysis, patients taking atorvastatin should contact their health-care professional immediately if they develop unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or muscle tenderness.

Statins have been associated with increases in HbA1c and fasting serum glucose levels as seen in diabetes.

There are also post-marketing reports of:

memory loss, forgetfulness, amnesia, confusion, and memory impairment.

Symptoms may start one day to years after starting treatment and resolve within a median of three weeks after stopping the statin.

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