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Atorvastatin Calcium

Prices, Coupons & Patient Assistance

Generic Lipitor

Atorvastatin (Lipitor) is an inexpensive drug that lowers levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Atorvastatin may also reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with risk factors for heart disease. This drug is more popular than comparable drugs. As of 2011, it is available in generic and brand versions. Generic atorvastatin is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower. The lowest USA Rx price for the most common version of atorvastatin is around $3.60, 95% off the average retail price of $86.07.

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Atorvastatin Calcium Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check-ups. You may need regular tests to make sure your liver is working properly.

Your health care professional may tell you to stop taking this medicine if you develop muscle problems. If your muscle problems do not go away after stopping this medicine, contact your health care professional.

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their health care professional if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.

This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.

If you are going to need surgery or other procedure, tell your doctor that you are using this medicine.

This drug is only part of a total heart-health program. Your doctor or a dietician can suggest a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet to help. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule.

This medicine may cause a decrease in Co-Enzyme Q-10. You should make sure that you get enough Co-Enzyme Q-10 while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.

Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common or rare

Cough

Difficulty with swallowing

Dizziness

Fast heartbeat

Fever

Hives

Itching

Muscle cramps, pain, stiffness, swelling, or weakness

Puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue

Skin rash

Tightness in the chest

Unusual tiredness or weakness

Wheezing

Incidence not known

Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin

Chills

Dark-colored urine

Diarrhea

Joint pain

Large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs

Red skin lesions, often with a purple center sore

Red, irritated eyes

Sore throat

Sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Headache

Hoarseness

Lower back or side pain

Pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones

Painful or difficult urination

Stuffy or runny nose

Less common

Abdominal or stomach pain

Back pain

Belching or excessive gas

Constipation

General feeling of discomfort or illness

Heartburn, indigestion, or stomach discomfort

Lack or loss of strength

Loss of appetite

Nausea

Shivering

Sweating

Trouble sleeping

Vomiting

Incidence not known

Appetite increased

Black, tarry stools

Bloody nose

Bloody or cloudy urine

Blurred vision

Continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears

Difficult, burning, or painful urination

Difficulty seeing at night

Excessive muscle tone or tension

Fruit-like breath odor

Groin or scrotum pain

Inability to have or keep an erection

Increased body movements

Increased sensitivity of the eyes to light

Increased sensitivity to touch or pain

Increased thirst

Increased urination

Loss of bladder control

Loss of sexual ability, drive, or desire

Menstrual bleeding occurring earlier or lasting longer than usual

Mental depression

Nervousness

Nightmares

Pale skin

Paranoia

Pinpoint red spots on the skin

Slurred speech

Swollen or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin

Unable to move or feel face

Unusual bleeding or bruising

Weight loss

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.