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Lipitor Side Effects


Lipitor is a drug intended to help lower cholesterol. The generic name for this brand-name medication is atorvastatin.

What are the side effects of Lipitor (atorvastatin) cholesterol medication?

Lipitor has been an effective treatment for many people across the country who suffer from high cholesterol. It lowers your cholesterol and, therefore, lowers your risk of heart attack, heart disease, hardening of the arteries and stroke.

Like all prescription medications, Lipitor may cause some side effects during your treatment.There have been rare cases of muscle and liver problems developing with the treatment of Lipitor and other medicines which are similar. While you're taking Lipitor, you must get in touch with your doctor immediately if you notice any unusual and unexplainable muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness. This is especially critical if you experience the above symptoms along with a fever, symptoms of the flu, gastrointestinal pains (stomach/abdominal pains), unexplained fatigue, pale stools (feces) or dark urine. These might be early signs of liver or muscle difficulties.

If you are experiencing any serious side effects, you must discontinue treatment with Lipitor and arrange a visit to the emergency room. If this emergency trip is not an option, then call your doctor immediately.

What are the most serious side effects of Lipitor?

Serious side effects of Lipitor include; allergic reactions (closing of the throat, swollen lips, trouble breathing, swelling of the face or tongue; and hives breakouts), decreased or rust-colored urine, or unusually blurry vision.

What are the most common side effects I could experience?

Other Lipitor side effects which are less serious are not such a pain, but there is a better chance you will have to deal with them. These side effects include headache, excess gas (flatulence), nausea or upset stomach, or a rash. If you notice any of these symptoms, you don't have to stop taking Lipitor, but you should get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible.

Because science is not perfect, there may be other side effects besides those listed here. If you experience any other side effect that is unusual, unexplainable or especially annoying, make sure to arrange talk with your doctor.

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