Lipitor, the brand name for atorvastatin, is a medication that is used to lower cholesterol levels in the blood. As with any medication, there are potential side effects that patients should be aware of before taking it.
According to the National Health Service (NHS) , the most common side effects of Lipitor include headache, muscle pain, joint pain, and an upset stomach. These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own after a few days or weeks. However, if they persist or become severe, patients should consult their doctor.
In addition to these common side effects, Lipitor may also cause more serious side effects, although these are rare. These can include liver problems, muscle damage, and an increased risk of diabetes. Patients should seek medical attention immediately if they experience any symptoms of liver problems, such as yellowing of the skin or eyes, or if they experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness.
Drugwatch  reports that some patients may also experience memory loss, confusion, or other cognitive problems while taking Lipitor. However, it is important to note that these side effects are very rare and usually go away after the patient stops taking the medication.
Overall, Lipitor is generally considered safe and effective for most patients. However, patients should be aware of the potential side effects and should consult their doctor if they experience any symptoms while taking the medication.