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Lipitor Side Effects

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
on Mar 11, 2014 Male from CO , 86 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Lipitor. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Lipitor side effects: arthropathy. Lipitor dosage: 10 Mg, 1x/day.

Myalgia, Memory Impairment
Patient was taking Lipitor. Patient felt the following Lipitor side effects: myalgia, memory impairment on Mar 11, 2014 from US Additional patient health information: Female , weighting 210.0 lb, was diagnosed with and. Lipitor dosage: Unk.

Off Label Use, Transaminases Increased
Adverse event was reported on Mar 11, 2014 by a Female taking Lipitor (Dosage: 10 Mg, Daily) was diagnosed with and. Location: US , weighting 13.23 lb, After Lipitor was administered, patient encountered several Lipitor side effects: off label use, transaminases increased.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Lovaza (Unk)


Diabetes Mellitus, Toe Amputation, Neuropathy Peripheral, Amnesia
on Mar 07, 2014 Male from US , 40 years of age, weighting 450.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Lipitor. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Lipitor side effects: diabetes mellitus, toe amputation, neuropathy peripheral, amnesia. Lipitor dosage: 30 Once Daily.


Pain In Extremity, Muscular Weakness
on Mar 10, 2014 Female from US , 74 years of age, weighting 180.0 lb, was treated with Lipitor. Patient felt the following Lipitor side effects: pain in extremity, muscular weakness. Lipitor dosage: 20 Mg, Daily.

Myalgia, Abasia
Patient was taking Lipitor. After Lipitor was administered, patient encountered several Lipitor side effects: myalgia, abasia on Mar 10, 2014 from US Additional patient health information: Female , 65 years of age, . Lipitor dosage: Unk.

Musculoskeletal Pain
Adverse event was reported on Mar 07, 2014 by a Male taking Lipitor (Dosage: N/A) was diagnosed with and. Location: COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 59 years of age, Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Lipitor side effects: musculoskeletal pain.
Associated medications used:
  • Diovan
  • Allopurinol
  • Humira
  • Trichloracetic Acd



on Mar 07, 2014 Female from VE , 86 years of age, was treated with Lipitor. . Lipitor dosage: 40 Mg, Unk.

Blood Glucose Decreased, Respiratory Disorder
on Mar 06, 2014 Female from CO , 64 years of age, was treated with Lipitor. After Lipitor was administered, patient encountered several Lipitor side effects: blood glucose decreased, respiratory disorder. Lipitor dosage: 20 Mg, Daily. Patient was hospitalized.

Diabetic Complication
Patient was taking Lipitor. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Lipitor side effects: diabetic complication on Mar 06, 2014 from CO Additional patient health information: Male , 81 years of age, . Lipitor dosage: 20 Mg, 1x/day.

Cardiac Failure Congestive
Adverse event was reported on Mar 06, 2014 by a Female taking Lipitor (Dosage: Unk) . Location: US , 74 years of age, Patient felt the following Lipitor side effects: cardiac failure congestive. Patient was hospitalized.

Insomnia, Muscle Contractions Involuntary, Pain, Gait Disturbance, Discomfort, Dysstasia, Hyperhidrosis, Movement Disorder
on Mar 05, 2014 Female from US , 55 years of age, weighting 180.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Lipitor. After Lipitor was administered, patient encountered several Lipitor side effects: insomnia, muscle contractions involuntary, pain, gait disturbance, discomfort, dysstasia, hyperhidrosis, movement disorder. Lipitor dosage: 1 Pill Once Daily.

Blood Glucose Increased, Blood Testosterone Decreased
on Mar 05, 2014 Male from US , 45 years of age, weighting 170.0 lb, was treated with Lipitor. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Lipitor side effects: blood glucose increased, blood testosterone decreased. Lipitor dosage: N/A.

Myalgia, Sensory Loss, Pain In Extremity
Patient was taking Lipitor. Patient felt the following Lipitor side effects: myalgia, sensory loss, pain in extremity on Mar 05, 2014 from US Additional patient health information: Female , 59 years of age, weighting 164.0 lb, was diagnosed with and. Lipitor dosage: N/A.

Muscle Rupture
Adverse event was reported on Mar 05, 2014 by a Male taking Lipitor (Dosage: Unk) . Location: US , 61 years of age, After Lipitor was administered, patient encountered several Lipitor side effects: muscle rupture.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • 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)


Sinus Arrhythmia, Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Osteoarthritis, Tendonitis, Gait Disturbance, Malaise, Pain
on Mar 11, 2014 Female from BR , 53 years of age, weighting 172.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Lipitor. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Lipitor side effects: sinus arrhythmia, demyelinating polyneuropathy, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, gait disturbance, malaise, pain. Lipitor dosage: 20 Mg (1 Tablet), Daily.

Metastases To Liver
on Mar 04, 2014 Male from NO , 62 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Lipitor. Patient felt the following Lipitor side effects: metastases to liver. Lipitor dosage: 20 Mg, 1x/day.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Albyl-e (75 Mg, 1x/day)


Rib Fracture, Injury, Cervical Cord Compression, Pain In Extremity, Back Pain, Spinal Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Patient was taking Lipitor. After Lipitor was administered, patient encountered several Lipitor side effects: rib fracture, injury, cervical cord compression, pain in extremity, back pain, spinal pain, carpal tunnel syndrome on Mar 04, 2014 from BR Additional patient health information: Female , 67 years of age, weighting 172.0 lb, was diagnosed with and. Lipitor dosage: 1 Tablet (20 Mg), Daily.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • 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)


Dizziness
Adverse event was reported on Mar 04, 2014 by a Male taking Lipitor (Dosage: 40 Mg, 1x/day) was diagnosed with and. Location: US , 62 years of age, weighting 168.0 lb, Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Lipitor side effects: dizziness.
Associated medications used:
  • 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)


Hernia, Weight Decreased, Blood Potassium Increased
on Mar 03, 2014 Male from BR , 72 years of age, weighting 218.3 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Lipitor. Patient felt the following Lipitor side effects: hernia, weight decreased, blood potassium increased. Lipitor dosage: 20 Mg, Daily.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Aldactone (50 Mg, Daily)
  • Carvedilol (2 Df, Daily)
  • Clopidogrel (1 Tablet, Daily)
  • Diovan (1 Df, Daily)
Patient was hospitalized.

Myocardial Infarction
on Mar 03, 2014 Female from PE , 73 years of age, was treated with Lipitor. After Lipitor was administered, patient encountered several Lipitor side effects: myocardial infarction. Lipitor dosage: N/A. Patient was hospitalized.

Depressed Level Of Consciousness
Patient was taking Lipitor. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Lipitor side effects: depressed level of consciousness on Mar 03, 2014 from JP Additional patient health information: Female , 78 years of age, . Lipitor dosage: 10 Mg, 1x/day.
Associated medications used:
  • Prednisolone (4 Mg, Daily)
  • Myslee (10 Mg, 1x/day)
  • Takepron (Unk)
  • Frusemide (Unk)
  • Aspirin (Unk)
  • Artist (Unk)
  • Salobel (Unk)
  • Diart (Unk)


Muscular Weakness
Adverse event was reported on Mar 03, 2014 by a Female taking Lipitor (Dosage: Unk) was diagnosed with and. Location: US , 75 years of age, Patient felt the following Lipitor side effects: muscular weakness.

Myalgia, Muscular Weakness, Alopecia
on Mar 03, 2014 Male from US , 68 years of age, weighting 150.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Lipitor. After Lipitor was administered, patient encountered several Lipitor side effects: myalgia, muscular weakness, alopecia. Lipitor dosage: 20 Mg, Once A Day.

Muscle Spasms
on Mar 03, 2014 Male from US , 48 years of age, was treated with Lipitor. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Lipitor side effects: muscle spasms. Lipitor dosage: Unk.
Associated medications used:
  • Ramipril (Unk)
  • Carvedilol (Unk)


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It is really important to keep of your symptoms, right from the time you start a new medicine. You can do it any way you prefer: in a notebook, in a computer file or using our online tool. You should also note down any other medicines you are taking at the same time, because there could be an interaction between these medicines.

Why Your Notes are Important

Your notes could be helpful in several ways:

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    Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    Alternative LIPITOR Names:ATORVASTA

    Active Ingredient: ATORVASTA

    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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