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Common Lipitor Side Effects


The most commonly reported Lipitor side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Myalgia (2386)
Pain In Extremity (1254)
Muscle Spasms (1098)
Arthralgia (1016)
Muscular Weakness (986)
Asthenia (963)
Blood Cholesterol Increased (920)
Fatigue (836)
Pain (748)
Myocardial Infarction (708)
Blood Creatine Phosphokinase Increased (644)
Gait Disturbance (592)
Cerebrovascular Accident (513)
Amnesia (504)
Dizziness (484)
Malaise (478)
Death (476)
Back Pain (476)
Rhabdomyolysis (470)
Headache (449)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Lipitor Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Lipitor reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


The appearance of Lipitor on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
Arthropathy
This is a report of a 86-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from CO, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: blood triglycerides increased,low density lipoprotein increased, who was treated with Lipitor (dosage: 10 Mg, 1x/day, start time: 2012), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Arthropathy
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lipitor treatment in male patients, resulting in arthropathy side effect.

Myalgia, Memory Impairment
This report suggests a potential Lipitor Myalgia, Memory Impairment side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: hypercholesterolaemia and used Lipitor (dosage: Unk) starting NS. Soon after starting Lipitor the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Myalgia
  • Memory Impairment
Drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Lipitor demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as myalgia, may still occur.

Off Label Use, Transaminases Increased
This Off Label Use, Transaminases Increased problem was reported by a physician from US. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: hyperlipidaemia. On Feb 25, 2014 this consumer started treatment with Lipitor (dosage: 10 Mg, Daily). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Lovaza (Unk)
When commencing Lipitor, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Off Label Use
  • Transaminases Increased
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as off label use, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Diabetes Mellitus, Toe Amputation, Neuropathy Peripheral, Amnesia
This is a report of a 40-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: myocardial infarction and was treated with Lipitor (dosage: 30 Once Daily) starting NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Toe Amputation
  • Neuropathy Peripheral
  • Amnesia
This opens a possibility that Lipitor treatment could cause the above reactions, including diabetes mellitus, and some male subjects may be more susceptible.


Pain In Extremity, Muscular Weakness
A 74-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: NA started Lipitor treatment (dosage: 20 Mg, Daily) on NS. Soon after starting Lipitor treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Pain In Extremity
  • Muscular Weakness
Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some female patients could be more vulnerable to Lipitor.

Myalgia, Abasia
A 65-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) experienced symptoms, such as: NA and was treated with Lipitor(dosage: Unk). The treatment was initiated on NS. After that a consumer reported the following side effect(s):
  • Myalgia
  • Abasia
Concurrently used drugs, which potentially could have contributed to side effect(s) or affected Lipitor efficacy: NA.

Musculoskeletal Pain
In this report, Lipitor was administered for the following condition: blood cholesterol increased.A 59-year-old male consumer from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED (weight: NA) started Lipitor treatment (dosage: NA) on 2011.Sometime after starting the treatment, the patient complained of the following side effect(s):
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
A possible interaction with other drugs could have contributed to this reaction:
  • Diovan
  • Allopurinol
  • Humira
  • Trichloracetic Acd
Establishing a causal relationship between a specific drug and consumer's side effects is complex, but it is possible that in this report Lipitor treatment could be related to the listed above side effect(s).


This is a report of the following Lipitor side effect(s):
    A 86-year-old female patient from VE (weight: NA) presented with the following condition: NA and received a treatment with Lipitor (dosage: 40 Mg, Unk) starting: NS.The following concurrently used drugs could have generated interactions: NA.This report suggests that a Lipitor treatment could be associated with the listed above side effect(s).

    Blood Glucose Decreased, Respiratory Disorder
    This Lipitor report was submitted by a 64-year-old female consumer from CO (weight: NA). The patient was diagnosed with: NA and Lipitor was administered (dosage: 20 Mg, Daily) starting: NS. The consumer developed a set of symptoms:
    • Blood Glucose Decreased
    • Respiratory Disorder
    Other drugs used simultaneously: NA.The patient was hospitalized.Those unexpected symptoms could be linked to a Lipitor treatment, however establishing a potential drug-safety problem requires a more detailed clinical analysis.

    Diabetic Complication
    This is a report of a possible correlation between Lipitor use and the following symptoms/side effect(s):
    • Diabetic Complication
    which could contribute to an assessment of Lipitor risk profile.A 81-year-old male consumer from CO (weight: NA) was suffering from NA and was treated with Lipitor (dosage: 20 Mg, 1x/day) starting NS.Other concurrent medications: NA.

    Cardiac Failure Congestive
    A 74-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) presented with the following symptoms: NA and after a treatment with Lipitor (dosage: Unk) experienced the following side effect(s):
    • Cardiac Failure Congestive
    The treatment was started on NS. Lipitor was used in combination with the following drugs: NA.The patient was hospitalized.This report could alert potential Lipitor consumers.

    Insomnia, Muscle Contractions Involuntary, Pain, Gait Disturbance, Discomfort, Dysstasia, Hyperhidrosis, Movement Disorder
    In this report, a 55-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) was affected by a possible Lipitor side effect.The patient was diagnosed with blood cholesterol increased,glomerulonephritis membranoproliferative. After a treatment with Lipitor (dosage: 1 Pill Once Daily, start date: Nov 16, 2011), the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
    • Insomnia
    • Muscle Contractions Involuntary
    • Pain
    • Gait Disturbance
    • Discomfort
    • Dysstasia
    • Hyperhidrosis
    • Movement Disorder
    The following simultaneously used drugs could have led to this reaction: NA.The findings here stress that side effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating a Lipitor treatment.

    Blood Glucose Increased, Blood Testosterone Decreased
    This is a report of a 45-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA), who used Lipitor (dosage: NA) for a treatment of NA. After starting a treatment on NS, the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
    • Blood Glucose Increased
    • Blood Testosterone Decreased
    The following drugs could possibly have interacted with the Lipitor treatment NA.Taken together, these observations suggest that a Lipitor treatment could be related to side effect(s), such as Blood Glucose Increased, Blood Testosterone Decreased.

    Myalgia, Sensory Loss, Pain In Extremity
    This myalgia side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 59-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased. The patient was prescribed Lipitor (dosage: NA), which was started on Dec 10, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA. When starting to take Lipitor the consumer reported the following symptoms:
    • Myalgia
    • Sensory Loss
    • Pain In Extremity
    These side effects may potentially be related to Lipitor.

    Muscle Rupture
    This is a Lipitor side effect report of a 61-year-old male patient (weight:NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lipitor (dosage:Unk, start time: NS), combined with:
    • Viagra (100 Mg, 1 Hr Prior- As Needed)
    • Nexium (40 Mg, Daily)
    • Asa (81 Mg, Unk)
    • Lisinopril (5 Mg, Unk)
    • Metoprolol Tartrate (25 Mg (1/2 Of 50 Mg) 2x/day)
    • Crestor (20 Mg, At Bedtime)
    , and developed a serious reaction and a muscle rupture side effect. The patient presented with:
    • Muscle Rupture
    which developed after the beginning of treatment. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lipitor treatment in male patients suffering from NA, resulting in muscle rupture.

    Sinus Arrhythmia, Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Osteoarthritis, Tendonitis, Gait Disturbance, Malaise, Pain
    This report suggests a potential Lipitor sinus arrhythmia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 53-year-old female patient from BR (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): cardiovascular event prophylaxis and used Lipitor (dosage: 20 Mg (1 Tablet), Daily) starting 2008. Soon after starting Lipitor the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
    • Sinus Arrhythmia
    • Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Tendonitis
    • Gait Disturbance
    • Malaise
    • Pain
    Drugs used concurrently:NA. Although Lipitor demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as sinus arrhythmia, may still occur.

    Metastases To Liver
    This metastases to liver problem was reported by a physician from NO. A 62-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following medical condition(s): cardiovascular event prophylaxis.On Mar 04, 2013 a consumer started treatment with Lipitor (dosage: 20 Mg, 1x/day). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time:
    • Albyl-e (75 Mg, 1x/day)
    When commencing Lipitor, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
    • Metastases To Liver
    Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential side effect risks. Some side effects, such as metastases to liver, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

    Rib Fracture, Injury, Cervical Cord Compression, Pain In Extremity, Back Pain, Spinal Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    This is a Lipitor side effect report of a 67-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from BR. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol abnormal and was treated with Lipitor (dosage: 1 Tablet (20 Mg), Daily) starting 2012. Concurrently used drugs:
    • Citalor (One Tablet, Daily)
    • Euthyrox (One Tablet (100 Ug), Daily)
    • Hyzaar ([losartan Potassium 10]/ [hydrochlorothiazide 25], Daily)
    • Addera D3 (10 Gtt, Unk)
    • Bonviva (150 Mg, Unk)
    • Procimax (20 Mg, Unk)
    • Apraz (0.5 Mg, Unk)
    Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
    • Rib Fracture
    • Injury
    • Cervical Cord Compression
    • Pain In Extremity
    • Back Pain
    • Spinal Pain
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    This opens a possibility that Lipitor could cause rib fracture and that some female patients may be more susceptible.

    Dizziness
    A 62-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms: blood cholesterol,hypertension,blood potassium decreased started Lipitor treatment (dosage: 40 Mg, 1x/day) on NS. Soon after starting Lipitor treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
    • Dizziness
    . Concurrently used drugs:
    • Losartan (50 Mg, 1x/day)
    • Klor-con (20 Mg, 1x/day)
    • Amlodipine (2.5 Mg, 1x/day)
    • Aspirin (81 Mg, 1x/day)
    • Warfarin (Unk, (05 Mg On Monday And 2.5 Mg Rest Of The Days))
    • Ultracet (^500 Mg^ Two Times Day)
    This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Lipitor side effects, such as dizziness.

    Hernia, Weight Decreased, Blood Potassium Increased
    This hernia side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from BR. A 72-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol,hypertension.The patient was prescribed Lipitor (dosage: 20 Mg, Daily), which was started on Nov 14, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
    • Aldactone (50 Mg, Daily)
    • Carvedilol (2 Df, Daily)
    • Clopidogrel (1 Tablet, Daily)
    • Diovan (1 Df, Daily)
    .When starting to take Lipitor the consumer reported symptoms, such as:
    • Hernia
    • Weight Decreased
    • Blood Potassium Increased
    These side effects may potentially be related to Lipitor. The patient was hospitalized.

    Myocardial Infarction
    This is a report of a 73-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from PE, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lipitor (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
    • Myocardial Infarction
    which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lipitor treatment in female patients, resulting in myocardial infarction side effect. The patient was hospitalized.

    Depressed Level Of Consciousness
    This report suggests a potential Lipitor Depressed Level Of Consciousness side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 78-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from JP was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Lipitor (dosage: 10 Mg, 1x/day) starting 201309. Soon after starting Lipitor the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
    • Depressed Level Of Consciousness
    Drugs used concurrently:
    • Prednisolone (4 Mg, Daily)
    • Myslee (10 Mg, 1x/day)
    • Takepron (Unk)
    • Frusemide (Unk)
    • Aspirin (Unk)
    • Artist (Unk)
    • Salobel (Unk)
    • Diart (Unk)
    Although Lipitor demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as depressed level of consciousness, may still occur.

    Muscular Weakness
    This Muscular Weakness problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 75-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol. On NS this consumer started treatment with Lipitor (dosage: Unk). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Lipitor, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
    • Muscular Weakness
    Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as muscular weakness, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

    Myalgia, Muscular Weakness, Alopecia
    This is a report of a 68-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased and was treated with Lipitor (dosage: 20 Mg, Once A Day) starting NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
    • Myalgia
    • Muscular Weakness
    • Alopecia
    This opens a possibility that Lipitor treatment could cause the above reactions, including myalgia, and some male subjects may be more susceptible.

    Muscle Spasms
    A 48-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: NA started Lipitor treatment (dosage: Unk) on NS. Soon after starting Lipitor treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
    • Muscle Spasms
    Concurrently used drugs:
    • Ramipril (Unk)
    • Carvedilol (Unk)
    This finding indicates that some male patients could be more vulnerable to Lipitor.

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    Top 10 Lipitor Side Effects for Women

    Women Side EffectsReports
    Myalgia 1198
    Pain In Extremity 708
    Muscle Spasms 639
    Arthralgia 544
    Blood Cholesterol Increased 542
    Muscular Weakness 515
    Asthenia 490
    Fatigue 440
    Pain 439
    Gait Disturbance 319

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    Lipitor Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC0071-0155
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NameLipitor
    NameATORVASTATIN CALCIUM
    Dosage FormTABLET, FILM COATED
    RouteORAL
    On market since19961217
    LabelerParke-Davis Div of Pfizer Inc
    Active Ingredient(s)ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM TRIHYDRATE
    Strength(s)10
    Unit(s)mg/1
    Pharma ClassHMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor [EPC],Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors [MoA]

    Lipitor Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 17769

    Lipitor safety alerts: 2010 2005 2003

    Reported deaths: 1982

    Reported hospitalizations: 4032

    Lipitor (atorvastatin) 40 mg: Recall Specific Bottles

    UPDATED 12/23/2010: Pfizer announced a recall of one lot — 19,000 bottles — of Lipitor 40 mg tablets (atorvastatin calcium) distributed in the U.S. There were three earlier recalls of Lipitor, implemented in August, October and November of 2010, in response to complaints of uncharacteristic odor. The odor is consistent with the presence of 2, 4, 6 tribromoanisole (TBA), found at a very low level during the investigation leading to the first product recall. Research indicates that a major source of TBA appears to be 2, 4, 6-tribromonophenol (TBP), a chemical used as a wood preservative.

     

    [Posted 10/10/2010]

    AUDIENCE: Family Practice, Patient, Pharmacy

    ISSUE: Pfizer recalled specific bottles of Lipitor (40 mg only) due to a small number of reports of an uncharacteristic odor related to the bottles in which Lipitor is packaged.

    BACKGROUND: A medical assessment has determined that the odor is not likely to cause adverse health consequences in patients taking Lipitor.

    RECOMMENDATION: If you take Lipitor 40 mg and experience an uncharacteristic odor associated with your medication, please return the tablets to your pharmacist. If you have any concerns, call your doctor or pharmacist or call 1-888-LIPITOR (1-888-547-4867) if you need any further information.

    [12/22/2010 - Press Release - Pfizer]
    [10/09/2010 – Firm Public Notice – FDA]

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