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Lipitor

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4.5  Effectiveness
5.2  Side Effects
3.7  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 10 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 5.2% 8.1% 82% 2.8% 1.9%
Balance/Equilibrium 6.6% 13.6% 72.8% 3.8% 3.3%
Blood Pressure 1.9% 4.8% 84.6% 6.7% 1.9%
Breathing 3.7% 12.1% 77.6% 4.2% 2.3%
Confidence 7% 6.1% 80.3% 4.2% 2.3%
Coordination/Motor Skills 7% 11.7% 74.2% 3.3% 3.8%
Digestion 6.1% 10.8% 78.9% 2.8% 1.4%
Emotional Well-being 8.3% 9.7% 71% 7.4% 3.7%
Energy 12.9% 14.3% 58.5% 9.2% 5.1%
Eyesight 4.7% 11.7% 79.3% 2.3% 1.9%
Memory 9.9% 15.1% 67% 5.7% 2.4%
Mental Clarity 9% 9% 73.3% 7.6% 1%
Pain 11.7% 8.9% 71.4% 4.2% 3.8%
Patience 7% 9.8% 76.2% 4.7% 2.3%
Sexual Health 10.2% 7.9% 73.1% 6% 2.8%
Skin Complexion 2.4% 6.2% 89% 1.9% 0.5%
Sleep 7% 15.3% 65.6% 8.4% 3.7%
Stress Level 10.3% 10.3% 72.8% 2.8% 3.8%
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Commonly Reported Lipitor Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abdominal Pain 82.5% 2.9% 3.9% 2.9% 7.8%
Allergic Reaction 89.2% 3.8% 2.4% 2.8% 1.9%
Amnesia / Memory Loss 74.9% 8.7% 5.9% 7.3% 3.2%
Anemia 90% 4.7% 0.7% 3.3% 1.3%
Anxiety 81.8% 4.5% 6.1% 7.6% 0%
Asthma 91.1% 5.1% 1.4% 2.3% 0%
Back Pain 65.2% 9.1% 6.7% 10.4% 8.5%
Bloating 76% 4% 11% 3% 6%
Blurred Vision 86.4% 1.5% 6.1% 4.5% 1.5%
Breathing Difficulties 89.2% 0% 6.2% 4.6% 0%
Cold Symptoms 84% 5.5% 5% 4.6% 0.9%
Confusion 87.7% 3.1% 6.2% 1.5% 1.5%
Constipation 74.2% 6.5% 5.8% 9% 4.5%
Cough 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
Dehydration / Thirst 83.3% 0% 16.7% 0% 0%
Depression 81.8% 4.5% 4.5% 6.1% 3%
Diarrhea 86.2% 5.5% 3.2% 3.2% 1.8%
Dizziness 80.3% 6.7% 8.4% 3.9% 0.6%
Drowsiness 77.6% 6.4% 5.9% 5.5% 4.6%
Dry Mouth 74.5% 8.2% 9.1% 5.5% 2.7%
Falls 88.3% 3.8% 1.9% 5.2% 0.9%
Fatigue 65.5% 6.8% 13% 7.3% 7.3%
Fever 98.4% 1.6% 0% 0% 0%
Flu-Like Symptoms 50% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Gas 74.5% 6.8% 6.8% 9.1% 2.7%
Headache 81.6% 6.1% 7.8% 3.4% 1.1%
Hearing Loss 87.2% 4.5% 5% 3.4% 0%
Hot Flashes / Flushing 82.7% 5.8% 7.1% 0.6% 3.8%
Increased Appetite 89.2% 2.8% 4% 3.4% 0.6%
Indigestion 93.3% 0% 6.7% 0% 0%
Insomnia 76.8% 6% 6% 6% 5.4%
Irregular Heartbeat 90% 2.9% 5.7% 0% 1.4%
Itching 75% 25% 0% 0% 0%
Jaundice 96.6% 2.8% 0.6% 0% 0%
Kidney Failure 92.6% 5.1% 0.6% 0% 1.7%
Liver Failure 93.2% 4.5% 1.7% 0% 0.6%
Mood Swings 77.8% 6.3% 6.3% 4.8% 4.8%
Muscle / Joint Pain 55.4% 10.3% 13.7% 7.4% 13.1%
Muscle Cramping 65.1% 9.7% 8.6% 8% 8.6%
Muscle Fatigue 57.1% 0% 14.3% 28.6% 0%
Nausea 87.5% 6.2% 4.5% 1.7% 0%
Sensitivity to Light 88.9% 4.8% 4.8% 1.6% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 78.6% 10% 7.1% 1.4% 2.9%
Skin Rash 92.2% 4.3% 1.7% 1.7% 0%
Sore Throat 88.1% 9.1% 1.7% 1.1% 0%
Stomach Ache 96.8% 0% 3.2% 0% 0%
Sweating 66.7% 33.3% 0% 0% 0%
Tingling Sensations 78.4% 6.2% 6.2% 5.1% 4%
Vomiting 96% 1.7% 1.1% 1.1% 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 66.7% 0% 33.3% 0% 0%
Concentration / Focus Problems 72% 6.4% 10.4% 6.4% 4.8%
Cough 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Diabetes 91.9% 2.2% 3% 1.5% 1.5%
Discolored Urine 88.6% 4.9% 3.8% 1.1% 1.6%
Dizziness 65.9% 7.3% 12.2% 4.9% 9.8%
Elevated Blood Sugar 81.5% 4.4% 8.1% 5.2% 0.7%
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 93.8% 6.2% 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 82.8% 3.9% 4.4% 3.3% 5.6%
Reduced Libido 75% 3.9% 7.9% 6.6% 6.6%
Rhabdomyolysis (breakdown of muscle fibers) 87.2% 1.7% 5.6% 2.2% 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 71.4% 0% 14.3% 0% 14.3%
Swelling of the Hands and/or Lips 75% 25% 0% 0% 0%
Tenderness 0% 0% 66.7% 0% 33.3%
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 5.2%
Hallucination 0.3%
Heart attack 0.8%
Hospitalization 5.5%
Seizure 1.4%
Stroke 1.7%
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