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Lipitor

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4.5  Effectiveness
5.1  Side Effects
3.6  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 9 Lipitor side effects and 2 Lipitor benefits.

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Generic Name: Atorvastatin (a-TOR-va-STAT-in) Brand Name: Lipitor.
Lipitor is the trade name of atorvastatin and is a cholesterol-reducing medicine which works by blocking the production of cholesterol in the human body. Lipitor works mostly by decreasing the LDL levels in the blood and ultimately decreases the total cholesterol levels. The main purpose that Lipitor serves by decreasing the LDL levels in the blood stream is prevention of heart attack. Heart attacks occur when the arteries get clogged by cholesterol. Some other problems that could result from increased levels of cholesterol in the blood stream include stroke and various forms of vascular diseases. Therefore it is extremely important to decrease high cholesterol levels and avoid cardiovascular diseases. Lipitor also helps combat other conditions like coronary heart disease, type II diabetes and other heart conditions. To derive maximum benefits of Lipitor it is equally important to follow a healthy diet and exercise regime because Lipitor cannot replace either of the two mentioned above.

Lipitor contain the following ingredients:
Active ingredient- atorvastatin calcium
Inactive ingredients: calcium carbonate, USP;
candelilla wax, FCC; croscarmellose sodium, NF;
hydroxypropyl cellulose, NF; lactose monohydrate,
NF; magnesium stearate, NF; microcrystalline
cellulose, NF; Opadry White YS-1-7040 (hypromellose,
polyethylene glycol, talc, titanium dioxide);
polysorbate 80, NF; simethicone emulsion
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Effectiveness of Lipitor by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Lipitor, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 5.3% 7.2% 82.6% 2.9% 1.9%
Balance/Equilibrium 6.7% 12.4% 74.2% 3.8% 2.9%
Blood Pressure 2% 4.9% 84.8% 6.4% 2%
Breathing 3.8% 11.4% 78.1% 4.3% 2.4%
Confidence 7.2% 5.7% 80.9% 4.3% 1.9%
Coordination/Motor Skills 7.2% 11% 75.1% 3.3% 3.3%
Digestion 5.7% 10.5% 79.4% 2.9% 1.4%
Emotional Well-being 7.5% 9.4% 72.3% 7.5% 3.3%
Energy 12.2% 14.1% 59.6% 9.4% 4.7%
Eyesight 3.8% 11.5% 80.4% 2.4% 1.9%
Memory 10.1% 13.9% 67.8% 5.8% 2.4%
Mental Clarity 9.2% 7.8% 74.3% 7.8% 1%
Pain 11% 8.6% 72.2% 4.3% 3.8%
Patience 7.1% 9.5% 76.2% 4.8% 2.4%
Sexual Health 10.4% 7.5% 73.1% 6.1% 2.8%
Skin Complexion 2.4% 5.4% 89.8% 2% 0.5%
Sleep 6.2% 15.2% 66.4% 8.5% 3.8%
Stress Level 9.6% 10% 74.2% 2.9% 3.3%
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Commonly Reported Lipitor Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abdominal Pain 84% 3% 4% 3% 6%
Allergic Reaction 88.9% 3.8% 2.4% 2.9% 1.9%
Amnesia / Memory Loss 75.8% 7.9% 5.6% 7.4% 3.3%
Anemia 89.8% 4.8% 0.7% 3.4% 1.4%
Anxiety 83.1% 4.6% 6.2% 6.2% 0%
Asthma 91.9% 4.3% 1.4% 2.4% 0%
Back Pain 65.2% 9.3% 6.8% 9.9% 8.7%
Bloating 78.4% 4.1% 10.3% 3.1% 4.1%
Blurred Vision 86.2% 1.5% 6.2% 4.6% 1.5%
Breathing Difficulties 89.1% 0% 6.2% 4.7% 0%
Cold Symptoms 83.7% 5.6% 5.1% 4.7% 0.9%
Confusion 87.5% 3.1% 6.2% 1.6% 1.6%
Constipation 73.7% 6.6% 5.9% 9.2% 4.6%
Cough 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
Dehydration / Thirst 83.3% 0% 16.7% 0% 0%
Depression 83.1% 4.6% 4.6% 4.6% 3.1%
Diarrhea 86.9% 5.6% 3.3% 3.3% 0.9%
Dizziness 81.6% 6.3% 7.5% 4% 0.6%
Drowsiness 78.6% 6.5% 5.6% 5.6% 3.7%
Dry Mouth 75.5% 8.3% 8.3% 5.1% 2.8%
Falls 88.5% 3.3% 1.9% 5.3% 1%
Fatigue 67.1% 6.4% 12.7% 7.5% 6.4%
Fever 98.4% 1.6% 0% 0% 0%
Flu-Like Symptoms 50% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Gas 75.5% 6.9% 6.5% 8.3% 2.8%
Headache 82.9% 5.7% 8% 3.4% 0%
Hearing Loss 88% 3.4% 5.1% 3.4% 0%
Hot Flashes / Flushing 84.2% 5.9% 6.6% 0.7% 2.6%
Increased Appetite 89.5% 2.3% 4.1% 3.5% 0.6%
Indigestion 93.3% 0% 6.7% 0% 0%
Insomnia 78% 6.1% 5.5% 6.1% 4.3%
Irregular Heartbeat 89.9% 2.9% 5.8% 0% 1.4%
Itching 75% 25% 0% 0% 0%
Jaundice 96.5% 2.9% 0.6% 0% 0%
Kidney Failure 92.4% 5.2% 0.6% 0% 1.7%
Liver Failure 93% 4.7% 1.7% 0% 0.6%
Mood Swings 77.4% 6.5% 6.5% 4.8% 4.8%
Muscle / Joint Pain 56.7% 9.9% 14% 7.6% 11.7%
Muscle Cramping 66.1% 9.4% 8.8% 7.6% 8.2%
Muscle Fatigue 57.1% 0% 14.3% 28.6% 0%
Nausea 88.4% 5.2% 4.7% 1.7% 0%
Sensitivity to Light 88.7% 4.8% 4.8% 1.6% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 78.3% 10.1% 7.2% 1.4% 2.9%
Skin Rash 92.9% 3.6% 1.8% 1.8% 0%
Sore Throat 88.4% 8.7% 1.7% 1.2% 0%
Stomach Ache 96.8% 0% 3.2% 0% 0%
Sweating 50% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Tingling Sensations 79.7% 5.2% 5.8% 5.2% 4.1%
Vomiting 96.5% 1.2% 1.2% 1.2% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Lipitor Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abdominal Pain 83.3% 5.6% 2.8% 5.6% 2.8%
Amnesia / Memory Loss 0% 0% 66.7% 0% 33.3%
Bloating 75.7% 13.5% 5.4% 2.7% 2.7%
Breathing Difficulties 50% 25% 25% 0% 0%
Bruising 75% 0% 0% 25% 0%
Chills 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Concentration / Focus Problems 73.8% 6.6% 9.8% 4.9% 4.9%
Cough 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Diabetes 91.7% 2.3% 3% 1.5% 1.5%
Discolored Urine 88.4% 5% 3.9% 1.1% 1.7%
Dizziness 65.9% 7.3% 12.2% 4.9% 9.8%
Elevated Blood Sugar 83.3% 3% 7.6% 5.3% 0.8%
Fatigue 61.4% 4.5% 11.4% 11.4% 11.4%
Fever 66.7% 33.3% 0% 0% 0%
Headache 80.6% 5.6% 0% 5.6% 8.3%
Hearing Loss 79.5% 5.1% 2.6% 10.3% 2.6%
Hot Flashes / Flushing 77.8% 5.6% 13.9% 0% 2.8%
Increased Appetite 86.1% 0% 5.6% 5.6% 2.8%
Indigestion 50% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Insomnia 81.1% 2.7% 2.7% 8.1% 5.4%
Jaundice 97% 0% 0% 3% 0%
Kidney Failure 96.9% 0% 3.1% 0% 0%
Liver Damage 93.3% 6.7% 0% 0% 0%
Liver Failure 97% 3% 0% 0% 0%
Metallic Taste in Mouth 90.9% 0% 9.1% 0% 0%
Muscle / Joint Pain 51% 6.1% 8.2% 14.3% 20.4%
Muscle Cramping 52% 12% 4% 10% 22%
Nausea 73.2% 12.2% 9.8% 2.4% 2.4%
Nerve Pain / Damage 83.6% 4% 4% 2.8% 5.6%
Reduced Libido 78.1% 4.1% 6.8% 6.8% 4.1%
Rhabdomyolysis (breakdown of muscle fibers) 88.1% 1.7% 5.1% 1.7% 3.4%
Sensitivity to Light 85.7% 0% 0% 14.3% 0%
Skin Rash 90.9% 0% 0% 6.1% 3%
Sore Throat 84.2% 7.9% 7.9% 0% 0%
Swelling 83.3% 0% 16.7% 0% 0%
Swelling of the Hands and/or Lips 75% 25% 0% 0% 0%
Tenderness 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Tingling Sensations 62.2% 6.7% 6.7% 17.8% 6.7%
Vomiting 93.9% 0% 0% 3% 3%
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Episodes since taking Lipitor
Since taking Lipitor Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 1.1%
Blindness 0.3%
Fall 5.1%
Hallucination 0.3%
Heart attack 0.8%
Hospitalization 5.1%
Seizure 1.4%
Stroke 1.7%
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13 Apr 2017 Only taking this for 1 week 10mg-side effects- bad taste in mouth lasting days. Looking for natural solution.
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15 Oct 2015 This if one horrid product for about 1/2 the people that use it. I am a senior so when I go shopping I ask heavier or older people if they take it and if there are any side effects. About half say yes or they know someone on it that has problems. My Urine had got very smelly, so bad one had to wash after urinating or the stench came through ones clothing. I went to the Doctor, quit taking it and He found Liver infection and that was treated. I had quit taking it and after things were healed I did try again but as soon as I noticed an odor I quit for good. The doctor had not even read about it or it's side effects like Diabeties, Kidney and Liver damage and muscle damage. He said one could not believe what one reads on line. I asked what if it was Pfizers site.. could one believe them?? He just got a stupid look on his face.
   —Posted by Johnny C
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15 Oct 2015 First it almost destroyed my liver. Then it attacked my arm and leg muscles and after 3 years they have not fully recovered. I have a neighbor and x brother in law that were on it and both got diabeties and that can be caused from it also. This stuff is pure poison as I ask many while out shopping if they are on it or a family member and about 1/2 say yes or they know someone that takes it and many suffer damage from it. One can take Guggulipid and it works, is natural and has no side effects. I use that now. Look for class action law Suits. The Doctors do not even go to Pfizers site to look at the side effects.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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15 Oct 2015 Not one doctor will consider Liptor has any side affects. I feel horrible on it and it does more harm than good. I intend on stopping the medication as the doctors will not recognize any problem with them. I am going to holistic medicine as the physicians have no medicine available for this problem. The side affects I have suffered is immense from this product. No more Atorvastin.
   —Posted by Wendy
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01 Dec 2012 Have developed a terrible chronic cough and diarrhea. Don't know if it is related to Lipitor. I have been to three doctors.
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