Is there a generic drug available for lipitor?
- 22 Nov 2009 by aquanaut
- 3 Sep 2012
- lipitor, high cholesterol, atorvastatin, generic
If not then will Lipitor go generic?
I was taking 40mg/day of Lipitor.After running out of free samples and problems with my insurance, my doctor switched me to 40mg/day of Pravastatin. I have had my blood checked twice since on Pravastatin with no problems at all.
As of June 2010 there is not a generic version of Lipitor available. A generic form is expected to come to market around November 2011. Pfizer and Ranbaxy (a generic manufacturer) have entered into an agreement that will not allow Ranbaxy to make generic Lipitor until then.
You may find a number of companies currently offering generic lipitor online but these are most likely fake and potentially dangerous. For this reason you should avoid buying any generic lipitor until an approved generic becomes available.
As of today, 2/23/2011, Banner health is giving in hospital meds of atorvastatin. Since lipitor is the only atorvastatin, it must be generic. I know Britain was given the OK to make the lipitor generic in July 2010. Last I heard the patent was to run out in November 2010 in the US, unless an extention was paid for.
Noodles is correct about when the generic for Lipitor will come out. Both will have different effects for different people. It is hard to say which one will be easiest on the body.
Lipitor is now generic, this is after Jan 2012 when I got a refill. Half the price, which is nice. Have not noticed any difference!
I was switched over to the "generic" Lipitor in Jan. In March I started experiencing severe muscle cramps, shortness of breath and heart palpitations. I still had some Lipitor samples so switched back to that for a week and all of these side effects abated. Everyone tells me that both meds are "exactly the same" but why did I have the problems with the generic and not the brand name?? Anyone else have any issues with the generic? Thanks.
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