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Dr. Richard A. Huntoon

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Lipitor Side Effects

Headaches, muscle pain, and joint pain are common side effects that have been reported with Lipitor. Side effects that are less common include lack of appetite, back pain, and constipation. Although most people have no problems when taking the drug, serious side effects of Lipitor, such as unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, should be reported to your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Lipitor Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects can occur with Lipitor® (atorvastatin calcium). However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If people do develop Lipitor side effects, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. In previous research studies, fewer than 2 percent of people stopped taking the drug because of side effects. 

If you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness (especially if accompanied by a fever or feeling of illness), it is important to contact your healthcare provider immediately.

(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Lipitor. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Lipitor side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects of Lipitor

Lipitor has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, with thousands of people worldwide having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects occurring in a group of people taking the drug are always documented and compared to the side effects that occur in a similar group of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients). As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group taking the placebo.

In these studies, the most common Lipitor side effects included: 

  • Headache -- in up to 16.7 percent of people
  • Infections -- up to 10.3 percent
  • Muscle pain -- up to 5.6 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 5.3 percent
  • Joint pain -- up to 5.1 percent
  • Inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis) -- up to 6.4 percent
  • Accidental injury -- up to 4.2 percent.

Other common side effects that were observed in more than 2 to 4 percent of people included: 

  • Unexplained rash
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • General feeling of weakness (asthenia)
  • The flu
  • Back pain
  • Allergic reaction
  • Constipation
  • Inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis)
  • Sore throat (pharyngitis).

Lipitor Side Effects to Report

There are a number of side effects with Lipitor that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Signs of liver damage, such as yellow eyes or skin, upper right abdominal pain, dark urine, and elevated liver enzymes  
  • Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever or feel ill, since these may be signs of serious breakdown of muscle, known as rhabdomyolysis  
  • Significant, unexplained changes in the amount of urine you produce (which may be a sign of kidney problems)  
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:  
    • A rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
    • Swelling of the mouth, tongue, or throat.

Rare Lipitor Side Effects

During clinical studies, there were a number of other side effects that occurred in less than 2 percent of people while they were taking Lipitor. Because these side effects are so uncommon, it is difficult to tell whether they were caused by the medication or another factor. 

Some of these rare side effects of Lipitor include, but are not limited to: 

  • Lack of appetite
  • Intestinal ulcer
  • Hepatitis
  • Asthma
  • Bloody nose
  • Depression
  • Memory loss (amnesia)
  • Hair loss (alopecia)
  • Impotence (also known as erectile dysfunction or ED)
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Ringing of the ears (tinnitus)
  • Fainting (syncope)
  • Hearing loss
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Weight gain
  • Gout.

Final Thoughts on Lipitor Side Effects

You may experience some or none of the Lipitor side effects explained in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know ahead of time if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects during treatment. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of Lipitor, your healthcare provider should be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

If you are currently taking prescription medication for your symptoms and are interested in building more health and perhaps getting off your medication by addressing the cause of your health concern, please call the office and let us discuss your options.  I will work with your medical doctor to restore your health and reduce or eliminate the need for medication.

Dr. Huntoon has a single mission:

To support as many people as possible in their quest for health and enable them to improve and maintain their health to the highest level possible, while educating them about the benefits of Chiropractic, Natural Healthcare and Holistic Living, so they in turn can teach others to support us having a healthy community.

Your Choice

Health concerns are a major source of lost happiness and lost joy in all of our lives. Finding a solution that is agreeable and enables you to get back to your life is important. Please appreciate that you always have the more invasive surgery and prescription medication available to you as a last resort. What many Traditional Medical Doctors may not share is, many times, once you begin that journey into medication and/or surgery, it alters your original body from the one that you were born with. Unfortunately, at that time, more conservative and natural treatments may no longer be viable. I encourage you to consider that before making any decisions about treatment for your health. As always I am here to help. 
Your Choice:
  • Continue doing the same thing and nothing changes or it may get worse


  • Try something different and get a different result that makes you happier and healthier.
The Choice is Yours
Please call Dr. Huntoon at 845-561-BACK (2225) to discuss your options or click on our E-Visit to do it via e-mail. 
Thank You for your consideration.

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