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Atorvastatin calcium is a medication used to treat high cholesterol. As a statin, this drug works by blocking an enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. It is also used to treat high triglycerides and to help prevent heart disease. Potential side effects include headache, muscle pain, and diarrhea.

What Is Atorvastatin?

Atorvastatin calcium (Lipitor®) is a prescription medication used to treat various conditions related to heart disease. Approved uses for the drug include:
(Click Atorvastatin Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with atorvastatin; however, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If people do develop side effects, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
Some of the most common side effects include:
Also, keep in mind that if you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness (especially if accompanied by a fever or if you feel ill), you should contact your healthcare provider immediately (see Lipitor and Muscle Pain).
(Click Side Effects of Atorvastatin to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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