I stopped and lost about 7 pounds. Then I started back on--- only 1 every day or two--- and I gained back 5. Also have a very stiff neck. But my main concern is the weight gain for no apparent reason. Also very bloated. Anyone else have this happen?
Hello whitegemib. I reserached your inquiry and could not find a yes or a no. Hopefully, another poster of the site might have the answer. Regards pledge
I have had the same issue, but thought it was caused entirely from another medication that I was on. Now I have figured out that it could have been a combination of the two. I am going to stop taking the medication.
Yes, I started atorvastatin 2 months ago and have gain 8 lbs. also, suffering with a stiff neck, having trouble sleeping.
I had gotten down to a really good weight and then the doctor prescribed Lipitor. I have been
gaining weight since. Seems like I am always hungry. My cholesterol numbers are good, but my weight is not. I am very frustrated. Doctor says to just eat sensibly, but that does not seem to help. I have gained about 15 lbs.
I am going crazy trying to figure out why and how quickly I am gaining weight. It sounds like Atorvastatin is the reason. I am hardly eating but gaining weight daily.
I was wondering the same. Your symptoms are just like mine. I was exercising. Losing weight. Then my doctor put me on Atorvastatin and my stomach area blew up like a balloon. I know it can cause gas but this is crazy. I'm gaining quite a bit of weight with it. I know it has to be the medication because nothing else has changed. My cholesterol isn't bad and I'm really thinking about stopping it.
Yes. Gained weight quickly and stopped taking the atorvastatin. Weight gain stopped.
Dr's said it is not the medication, so thinking it was my imagination, I started taking it again... 8 lbs and a few weeks later I stopped taking it a second time. Is there another statin that does not cause weight gain?
I have gain 25 lbs in the 3 months I have been on atorvastatin. I also have bloating and skin rash on inner arms. I was eating a lot but now I am trying everyday to exercise and eat a lot of Vegetables and Fruit.
Yes I have I thought I was crazy since my DR. stated it would not cause weigh gain..However I put on 9 pounds I have always been slim and have not changed my diet so I decide to stop and see what happens
Yes! Everything everyone else said is so true. I have been taking this atorvastatin for nearly 9 weeks and have put on about 8 pounds. I am normally around 118 pounds and my weight rarely fluctuates more than 2 pounds on either side of that -- not even after having three children -- so the sudden stomach ballooning and bloating, even after eating very little, has been shocking and deeply disturbing. Suddenly nothing fits. I thought I was going crazy. So glad to see I am not alone! I have made an appointment to get off this awful medication.
Beware. I had this same issue. My doctor swore it did not cause weight gain. She had me taking 40 mg a day. I kept calling and sending messages that I was having bloating and weight gain. She kept insisting that was not a side effect. It got to the point it seemed like I was gaining a pound a day. My stomach is huge now. I finally called and said I refuse to take it anymore. She said I had to come in and have blood work before I stopped the medication. She couldn't believe I had gained 28 pounds in 6 months. I've been off for 6-7 weeks and still struggling with bloating. Also having a very difficult time losing any weight from this medication. My doctor is still trying to say there is only a 1 percent change of weight gain.
I have been on Atorvastatin for 6 months now. I have been so frustrated because I had lost 70 lbs previous to being prescribed this medication. I was very overweight. I have noticed in the last several months I was gaining a ton of weight back, 20 lbs to be exact. I am so depressed about this.
I have looked all over Atorvastatin's side affects on Google and it states No Weight Gain, That's So Untrue!!!
I have an appointment scheduled with my PCP for this week. I am so done with this medication.
Know that you are not alone.
I also am gaining weight and feel very bloated !! I believe it’s this medication , I started gaining weight after I started it . And my head hurts ! I don’t wanna keep taking it !!
OMG - I couldn't find any information on the weight gain. Yes, I too immediately started gaining weight AND feeling sluggish. I've gain approximately 5 lbs. (mainly around the mid-section) after being on Lipitor for 11 weeks. I called my cardiologist to inquire about this and he prescribed a brand new Rx that was just approved in March 2020. Sorry, I'm not going to be a guinea pig for a brand new statin. So, I'm still on Lipitor. Oh, I did start on a 5 x week walking plan (about 1-2 miles/day). I feel better mentally, but none of my clothes fit. I guess I should be glad I'm working from home and don't have to get dressed up everyday. Why aren't the drug companies being straight about this side effect? It really ticks me off.
Simple answer is Yes. I started taking It 2 months ago and since then I have put on half a stone. I have only kept it that low through rigidly watching what I eat as much as I can. However I am always hungry. I wake up hungry and go to sleep hungry. This has never been a problem for me before. May have to stop taking statins.
- Atorvastatin Information for Consumers
- Atorvastatin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Atorvastatin (detailed)
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