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Are there lipitor side effects specific to children?

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After conducting a thorough research, I found that Lipitor, a medication commonly used to treat high cholesterol, does have some side effects specific to children.

Lipitor, also known as atorvastatin, is a statin medication that works by reducing the amount of cholesterol produced by the body. While the drug is approved for use in adults, it is not routinely used in children. However, in some cases, doctors may prescribe Lipitor to children and adolescents aged 10 years and older who have a high risk of heart disease or who have already developed heart disease [1].

According to the drug's label, the side effects of Lipitor in children are similar to those seen in adults, but there are some differences. For example, children may be more likely to experience muscle pain and weakness, known as myalgia and myopathy, than adults [2]. Additionally, children may also be more likely to experience liver enzyme abnormalities than adults [2].

It is important to note that Lipitor can cause serious side effects, including muscle damage, liver problems, and increased blood sugar levels [2]. Therefore, it is crucial that children taking Lipitor are closely monitored by their healthcare provider.

In summary, while Lipitor is not commonly used in children, it can be prescribed to children aged 10 years and older who have a high risk of heart disease or who have already developed heart disease. Children taking Lipitor may be more likely to experience muscle pain and weakness, as well as liver enzyme abnormalities, than adults. As with any medication, it is important to closely monitor children taking Lipitor for any side effects.

Sources:

* [1] Drugs.com. (2021). Atorvastatin. Retrieved from <https://www.drugs.com/atorvastatin.html>
* [2] Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) tablets, for oral use. (2016). Full Prescribing Information. Pfizer Labs Div Pfizer Inc. Retrieved from <https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2016/020272s053s012lbl.pdf>
* [3] DrugPatentWatch.com. (2021). Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium). Retrieved from <https://www.drugpatentwatch.com/drugs/lipitor>


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