Lipitor

Last Update May 30, 2016
Lipitor is a cholesterol lowering medication (statin).
Uses: Lipitor is prescribed for High Cholesterol and is mostly mentioned together with this indication. In addition, it is taken to prevent Heart Attack and Stroke. Read More
Other brands: Atorvastatin
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3.1
Concern level
2.8
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Positive 2,565 "I am not sure how this new med is affecting my lab work yet but I do know that I am having frequent gas pain under my sternum now that I never had before. ...I might have to... "Read more positive discussions
Negative 4,738 "I'm a 70-year-old female who has been on 20 mg of Lipitor for 20 years. I went off of Lipitor a month ago and I'm experiencing some shakiness I am wondering if... "Read more negative discussions
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Rosuvastatin RA 10mg caused TGA ?
| will i am
I was taken Lipitor 20mg for +10 years I changed to ROSUVASTATIN (RA) 10mg and I had TGA 2 days ago . Is the change of medicine caused the TGA ? Thanks William Sydney Australia mob 0404 110 510

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Changed to Rosuvastatin 10mg from Lipitor 20mg (+10 years taken) is the cause of my TGA ?
| will i am
I have been using Lipitor 20mg for the last 10 years I changed to Rosuvastatin 10mg January 2016 I had my first episode of TGA on 29 april 2016 is just a coincidence ? Guillermo Cartagena Sydney Australia mob 0404 110 510

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Copper deficiency and Cholesterol
| hsssam
Recently, I took my 94 year old mother to a Functional Medicine Doctor. He tested here for numerous issues. The results were dangerously low VitaminD levels. Low copper. High total cholesterol. He explained that many times people who have high cholesterol, have a copper deficiency. Two other patients who were on Lipitor were prescribed a copper supplement. Within months, their cholesterol levels were normalized and were off of Lipitor for good. He also explained that Magnesium is like a natural statin without side effects.
Mist people don't know that copper is essential for liver health and that's where our cholesterol is manufactured. Only 20% of our body's cholesterol comes from diet. So I suggest people get another opinion from a Functional Medicine Doctor. Why treat a symptom when you can treat the root cause. High cholesterol is a symptom. One word about the copper test. A serum test is not a test for deficiency. Many doctors read the outcome incorrectly. When they see high copper levels in a serum test they think, you have too much. But, when there is a high level of copper in the blood it may be a sign of inflammation or the body's inability to utilize copper. The best test is an RBC Copper Test.

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| hsssam
Dies anyone experience fingers and hands locking up for a while?
April 12, 2016
Yes but I thought it is associated with arthritis and also I am prone to be low on water in my body otherwise dehydrated like when a person has leg cramps. Also I will get hand and leg cramps when I have more than one drink of alcohol.

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| thecraigs
Rhinitis and sinusitis after starting 6 months ago. Not sure if related. Not settling.

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| Dagny
Simvastatine caused rapid heart beat as well as the Lipitor generic. Both were problems for me. I never have this problem when off statins.

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| Belinda
I take metformin, lovastatin, and hydroxazine every night
Tonight I had my husbands Lipitor in my hand and took it without even thinking
Will it hurt me
pookie250
April 3, 2016
What are the side effect if any when you take Lipitor and raw apple cider vinegar a couple of hour apart?

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| Samuel Simmons
After taking Lipitor for several years I started to have leg pains. My doctor told to stop taking it for a while. After 2 months I started taking it again and the leg pains returned. Eventually he took me off of it.

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| Montana lady
A friend of mine working up at Lake Tahoe was put on Lipitor early 2000s. In a matter of months he had great difficulty in speaking and walking. Almost lost his computer consulting business as a result of side affects. It was written up in the local paper, they called it the 'Lipitor Shuffle'. Before we (users of his consulting business) found out what was causing all these maladies, we thought he'd become an alcoholic... the side affects were so bad. Once he stopped taking Lipitor MOST of his ailments improved. But they never completely cleared up. Nasty stuff. I have been taking 5mg of Crestor every other day, but after reading the side effects, I talked to my doctor and stopped taking it last month. Most of my joint pain has cleared up.

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| Sandy
Took 40mg to keep veins clear as I had a stroke. I took it for almost 1 yr, took myself off. I was in severe muscular pain, and guess what also developed cataracts !!!! I was shocked !! I did some investigating and found out this was also happening to many others. I had just had my eyes checked before the Lipitor and all was ok, even my eye Dr was shocked as it happened so fast. Research this folks they do not tell you all you need to know.

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Facts about Lipitor

What does Lipitor look like?
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Strength : 10 mg
Pill imprint : PD;155;10
Color : White
Shape : Oval
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Strength : 20 mg
Pill imprint : PD;156;20
Color : White
Shape : Oval
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Strength : 40 mg
Pill imprint : PD;157;40
Color : White
Shape : Oval
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Strength : 80 mg
Pill imprint : PD;158;80
Color : White
Shape : Oval
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X Pregnancy category (FDA)
Lipitor is known to cause harm to fetus. Avoid during pregnancy.
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Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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Alcohol warning on Lipitor
There may be a negative interaction between Lipitor and alcohol.
How do I obtain Lipitor?
Prescription in the USA
How do I take Lipitor?
Pill
What dosages are available?
Tablet: 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg, 80 mg
Food instructions
Avoid grapefruit or discuss with your doctor because grapefruit may increase drug concentration.
Ingredients
Atorvastatin Calcium
Approval Date
December 17, 1996
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