atorvastatin, Lipitor (cont.)

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The FDA approved atorvastatin in December 1996.

PRESCRIBED FOR:

  • Atorvastatin is used for the treatment of elevated total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides and to elevate HDL cholesterol. The effectiveness of atorvastatin in lowering cholesterol is dose-related, meaning that higher doses reduce cholesterol more.
  • Atorvastatin prevents:
  • Atorvastatin reduces the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack), stroke, angina and revascularization procedures in adults with multiple risk factors for coronary artery disease.
  • Atorvastatin also prevents heart attacks and strokes in patients with type 2 diabetes with multiple risk factors for coronary artery disease.

SIDE EFFECTS: Atorvastatin is generally well-tolerated. Minor side effects include:

Atorvastatin may cause liver and muscle damage. Serious liver damage caused by statins is rare. Liver tests should be performed at the beginning of treatment then as needed thereafter.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/18/2014


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