Atorvastatin, also known as Lipitor, is a widely used statin that is used to control high cholesterol. For most people, statins like Atorvastatin don't cause side effects and most of the more serious side effects are extremely rare.
Below is an outline of the different side effects and the likelihood of them occurring. Just because a side effect is listed, it doesn't mean that it will happen or affect everyone to the same extent.
Headaches are a fairly common side effect of this medication, though they are usually only temporary and very mild. Dizziness and sleep disturbances are less common but there is a chance they could occur.Gastric
Stomach pain accompanied by nausea, constipation and/or diarrhoea may occur. Vomiting and pancreatitis is much less common.Skin
Skin reactions are considered to be uncommon but there is a possibility that a rash, hives or itching could occur as a result of this medication.Muscular
A fairly common reaction to Atorvastatin is muscle fatigue or joint problems.
Allergic reactions are some of the most common side effects caused by this medication and it's therefore important that you only take this medication if it is suitable for you to take. While allergic reactions can be serious, some of the other most common Atorvastatin side effects shouldn't be cause for major concern, but nonetheless, it's important to report anything that is bothering you or causing you significant discomfort to a doctor.
|Side effect||Common||Uncommon side effects||Rare side effects||Very rare side effects|
|Changes in blood sugar levels|
|Stomach pain, nausea, constipation and diarrhoea|
|Muscle and joint problems|
|Changes in liver function|
|Anorexia (loss of appetite)|
|Nightmares, insomnia and other sleep disturbances|
|Changes in touch such as a tingling or burning sensation and/or dizziness|
|Tinnitus (ringing in ears)|
|Vomiting, abdominal pain and/or pancreatitis|
|Skin rash, hives, itching and/or hair loss|
|Fatigue and generally feeling unwell|
|Urine tests that are positive for white blood cells|
|An allergic reaction|
|Loss of hearing|
Effects like anorexia, nightmares, blurred vision, vomiting or hepatitis are all rare and only affect one to ten users out of every 1000. Not all the side effects are serious, but some of them are and if you experience them you should stop taking your treatment immediately and seek medical help.
Some these side effects have the potential to be serious and should be reported to a medical professional immediately.
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