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User Reviews for Atorvastatin to treat High Cholesterol

Also known as: Lipitor

Atorvastatin has an average rating of 4.3 out of 10 from a total of 190 ratings for the treatment of High Cholesterol. 28% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 55% reported a negative effect.

Atorvastatin Rating Summary

4.3/10 average rating

190 ratings from 215 user reviews.

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Reviews for Atorvastatin

JT · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 6, 2020

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “So I went to the doctor for peripheral neuropathy and back spasms. She does my bloodwork and my cholesterol is extremely high. She puts me on generic Lipitor and it made my back spasms even worse. Now my upper back has a tremor that still hasn't gone away even after quitting the drug 2 months ago. I have loss strength in my legs and I have terrible short term memory. It would give me dizzy spells and I just felt sick all the time. I'm still recovering from it and I told my doctor I quit taking it because it was making me shake. Now she wants me to start taking it again, but I'm not going to,”

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Marty · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 5, 2020

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “After taking Lipitor for a few weeks I developed pain in both my legs ,arms and shoulders . After three months all my muscles were heavy and under powered I could hardly exercise . I stopped taking Lipitor and some three months later I am nearly back to normal! Don’t take these drugs because it defeats the object . You need to exercise to reduce cholesterol however these drugs prevent you from doing so!!!!”

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Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 30, 2019

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “Delayed side effects. Took years to realize statins give MEMORY LOSS BIG TIME and muscle pain and mood issues. And now discovering risk from high LDL is massively exaggerated. Having sufficient HDL is what matters. IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE LOSING MEMORY ASK THEM TO THINK BACK IF IT STARTED GETTING WORSE WITHIN A YEAR OF STARTING STATINS. Someone once did that for me. ”

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Rossy April 1, 2019

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “How is this stuff legal? 5 urgent care and 2 ER trips, and no one related the Lipitor to my pains. I had severe muscle cramps everywhere. Deep excruciating pain in glute muscles that had me in physical therapy. Itching and tingling on face and extremities. Sharp pain in various muscles that concludes with lasting aches and difficulty with motion. Fatigue too. Been on for over a year then looked up side effects and called my doctor. Took statin specific blood test and have to have test to see if my muscle fibers have broken down. I'm a walking side effect commercial...and it's not fun.”

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k jacobs · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 8, 2021

“Been taking 10 mg for 6 months? Edema in legs and feet so sore I can barely walk. Had this similar reactions s couple years ago, and all symptoms went away quickly when I stopped meds. Statins sneak up slowly on me, side effects took some time to develop, but I finally figured it out. Within 2 days of stopping statin my edema went away, and much of the foot pain. Been 5 days now and hoping there is no permanent damage. This is bad for my body IMO, so don't wait for your doctors to admit this drug might be the problem. I suspect the incidence of bad effects is way under reported.”

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WJV January 27, 2020

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “I took Lipitor for three weeks. Three days into the treatment I had left knee and hip pain. I continued to take for another 2 and a half weeks in hopes the issues would resolve. My cholesterol was normal on a retest. However the extreme pain in my hip, groin and knee caused a severe limp. I stopped taking the drug and it took me 3 months and daily CoQ10 supplements to return my leg to normal. Since then I have gone on a diet, lost 10 pounds, eliminated white sugar and red meat from my diet. Hope that's enough. I would not recommend statins for anyone!”

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Larrio · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 14, 2019

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “I took lipitor for three months, then went thru a unbelievably hard time for 3 years due to side effects. I had myopathy ,neuropathy, rashes, upset stomach, extreme muscle pain, E D ,. Pyronnies, constipation, arthritis, short term memory loss, could not lift my arms above my head and horrible fatigue.”

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Patient Zero · Taken for less than 1 month February 1, 2020

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “Terrible! After a few days on this drug, I started having moments of "spacing out" - it was like my brain would go offline for a minute or two and suddenly reboot. Horrible feeling! Also: it is important to note that this drug is known to worsen symptoms of GERD (which I have). Lipitor made my GERD so bad that I was vomiting for hours after eating or drinking anything. I have tried it twice and had the same reaction both times. No thanks!”

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Smoke May 3, 2020

“My cardiologist finally talked me into taking this poison after 5 years of trying. Took it for a month. The first week I had severe cramping of my hamstrings. The second week foot, ankle, and knee pain. Fourth week all the previous symptoms with myopathy, back pain ,and gout flare ups. Stopped taking the poison(feel stupid I waited so long to do it). I had to walk with crutches for a week and after weeks still having trouble. I read an article that said 1 in 4 Americans take statins. However because the “normal” cholesterol numbers are being lowered which means more people will be diagnosed with high cholesterol that statistic is going to change to 1 in 2 Americans. If I would have continued to take the poison it probably would have helped To prevent me from having a heart attack or stroke. What good does that do me if I have a terrible quality of life by being crippled and miserable. ”

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changed · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 27, 2019

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “The Lipitor worked for years then suddenly I had upper arm pains and couldn't move my arms without crying. I couldn't get up from the toilet or bathtub etc. I was a cripple. My cardiologist took me off the drug immediately and said not to every go back to it. After months the pain subsided a little but never came back to my original health. Can't walk much and have to stop every minute or so to rest my aching legs etc. Can't take care of my apartment anymore.”

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Finosoccer · Taken for 6 months to 1 year February 28, 2021

“I was prescribed 10 mg. and started having leg, heel, hip and shoulder pain. My doctor lowered it to 5 mg. but I still have pain. My legs and hips hurt when I sleep. I’ve taken 2 other statins before this one and had problems with those also. While on one statin I couldn’t even climb a chair. My legs were so weak. I stopped taking the Atorvastatin but I wonder how long it takes to get out of your system. I’m looking forward to feeling better again!!”

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Rob August 23, 2019

“I was put on 20mg of Atorvastatin in April 2019 by a new Cardiologist. I started to feel fatigued the first week and lowered the dose to 10mg (split the pill). I was checked recently and my LDL was lower from 147 to 121mg/dL. The last few months the side effects have started to really cause me problems, severe leg muscle cramps and pain in my upper arms. In the morning I find that my voice is very hoarse and this is starting to affect my speech pattern. I asked my own PCP about the side effects and all he could tell me that there are no other known remedies for lowering one's cholesterol?? I decided after reading all the reviews that I would take a time out on this drug and try Niacin. I'm a 55 healthy male who walks everywhere and I can't afford to lose my mobility at such an early age. I really have no trust in the US Medical system and only see it as a money making enterprise with an unsustainable bureaucracy.”

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Dan · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 23, 2020

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “Horrible drug! Was taking 40mg once a day. Side effects were just terrible. Headaches, nauseous, dizzy, spacey, and just felt terrible overall. After a few months I decided to cut my dose in half. The next morning still has some side effects but not near as bad as the prescribed dose I was on.”

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Kate g August 27, 2013

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “Took Lipitor for about 5 years. It kept my lipids under control well, but developed severe leg aching and muscle cramps, especially at night. Went off it and within a week, all these reactions disappeared.”

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Citybird57 · Taken for less than 1 month November 9, 2019

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “Been on this horrible tablet two weeks and never felt as ill in my life. I am constantly feeling sick and dizzy and can’t lift my arms up. I stop taking them for one day and the next day I feel on top of the world, then take them again and one the day after back to normal feeling sick, dizzy, sinus problems will never take them again. I will get my cholesterol down myself”

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98zeitgeist78 · Taken for 5 to 10 years August 14, 2016

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “Here is the trouble with these sites - the skew towards horror stories. There is also a handful who claim that statins are "poison" and "should be taken off the market". This is, clearly, an overreaction by those who have the adverse reaction, which - despite what you would think from reading these reviews - are very low frequency events. Statins are probably as close to a wonder drug as modern pharmacology has ever gotten. Yes, there are those who are intolerant, allergic, or simply confused as to the genesis of their symptoms. The truth is, statins work for the vast majority of people taking them, and they work well. Having said this, I am also perplexed as to why some folks in their later 70s or even 80s are taking them?”

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DUKSTER · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 1, 2018

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “Been taking 20mg for 3 months. Zero side effects. Triglycerides were 311. Most recent blood test showed 125, which is in normal range. Good cholesterol was 23. Now is 50. Very effective drug. Sorry to all those people who are having negative side effects. Try something else and good luck. All medications work for some and not others.”

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Tal · Taken for less than 1 month January 6, 2020

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “Taken before two other different times for high cholesterol, I quit because of stomach pains and bloating. This time I took 40 mg I took for a week it didn't seem to bother my stomach, I did notice gas, so I decided to quit again , just not worth the dangerous side effects. I'm not overweight I don't eat greasy foods , I do eat and drink sugar everyday. My cholesterol is very high , I'll ask my Dr. if there is another medicine to try, does anyone have a suggestion? Thanks”

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metaltech · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 12, 2019

“I was put on atorvastatin as a middle age male with a history of moderate hypertension. I had low cholesterol and lower good cholesterol but was put on it. Over a few years my blood sugar climbed to the point of being diagnosed as diabetic. Prior to starting taking atorvastatin I had very low blood sugar. The company's website tells you it will make your blood sugar rise but not make you a diabetic. I also had leg pain and cramping along with weight gain. I ended up with a rise in weight , cholesterol, blood sugar and then a heart attack. After convincing a new Dr. I was having issues with it I was taken off of it . My blood sugar has dropped out of the diabetic range, my cholesterol has dropped, my leg issues have subsided.I have lost weight. Thank you for listening Dr.”

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Anonymous September 21, 2009

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “I was taking the combination drug Caduet, of which Lipitor was one of the two drugs. Steadily over a year my doctor increased the medication from 20mg to 40mg, and then about three months ago he increased it to 80mg. Within a month I was experienceing severe tiredness, and eventually sever muscle weakness, coupled with elevated CK readings. On doing some research on the drug I found that the symptoms I had were indeed a major drug reaction. Although Lipitor helped in the reduction of my cholesterol levels, the side effects were debilitating. Within a week of having the medication changed to a non-statin I was beginning to feel better. A month later I am close to being back to my old self. There are other better alternatives.”

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rivervan February 20, 2019

“Wish I could rate this a zero. After only 3 days on atorvastatin 20mg I experienced constant headache, muscle pain and weakness, dizziness, couldn't sleep, tingling in the arms and legs and ringing in the ears. Well turns out after doing more research into these toxic drugs I was indeed being slowly poisoned. Stopped after 9 days and things are improving slowly. These drugs stop the essential HMG-CoA pathway in the body which produces many molecules that are essential for cellular health. They also build up in muscle tissue in their toxic lactone form. This is especially serious if you have an acidic blood pH. There are genetic variations in the bodies ability to clear these through the liver that can lead to a dangerous build-up of these drugs in your body. This basic biology is all hard science and confirmed by peer-reviewed studies. Educate yourself and make your own decision before letting your doctor scare you into taking these dangerous drugs.”

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egore February 22, 2020

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “After first week 80mg Lipitor a day extreme arm pain from armpit to elbow. Tendon pain in top of hand burning sensation of skin on arm shoulder blade pain. 2 doctors refuse to consider its the drug but I never had a problem before. They are saying it is a deteriorated spine. ”

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56 year old female May 30, 2017

Lipitor (atorvastatin): “My Dr prescribed Lipitor (40mg) four months ago for high cholesterol of 342. I started feeling like my lower legs weighed a ton. Then it also went into my knees and behind the knees. The pain was unbearable, especially in the muscles circling the knee with more severe pain above and towards the outer side of both knees. My doctor thinks it's from an injury I suffered 11 years ago and sent me for X-rays. I tried telling him it felt more like muscle than joint pain, but at this point, the pain was so bad that I wasn't even sure anymore. Confusion started a few weeks ago, where I was struggling to think of words. 3 days ago, I quit taking it, and I slowly am feeling better. Thankfully I found these reviews today. Things are making more sense”

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jbart · Taken for less than 1 month March 3, 2020

“I was started on this on a Tuesday and stopped taking it by Friday. I was only prescribed 10 mg a day. The first day I started feeling nauseated all day and was unable to eat. I started getting headaches and was so sleepy I could barely keep my eyes open. I stopped taking it and still have muscle cramps and pains. I emailed my doctor. Never in my life have I had high cholesterol. Its only a little above 200. But my doctor seems super worried, so tried me on a statin. I do not recommend statins to anyone. This was SUCH an awful experience”

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sadie51 March 21, 2019

“My Dr prescribed me atorvastatin 10mg, 8 weeks ago. My numbers are in the 200's. I was very hesitant because of the bad side effects I have heard other people tell me about but everyone is different, so I decided to give it a try. As of today, I took myself off of it. I have gained 12 lbs, experienced muscle weakness, muscle aches, back pain, brain fog, memory issues, confusion, headaches, and fatigue. I explained to my Dr that I was having bad side effects and she told me to stay on it and just "wait it out" and the good will outweigh the bad. I have become very inactive and sleep all the time. I haven't exercised at all and with the weight gain, that has made my health deteriorate....not improve. I am going to try Niacin instead. In the long run, I realize that eating healthy and exercise is the best way to keep my body in the best shape possible. My health is important to me, but so is my quality of life. Try this drug at your own risk.”

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