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Although the list below addresses Lipitor, the majority of these side effects pertain to all statin drugs. This list was assembled by Karla Peterson, wife of Doug Peterson.

Doug passed away Thursday, March 29, 2007. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Adverse Reactions to LIPITOR

This is a summary of information taken from Pfizer's Lipitor advertisements, translated where necessary into laymen's terms. It describes the adverse reactions (i.e. side effects) noted in controlled clinical studies of 2,502 patients. The side effects are grouped by systems within the body. The side effects marked with a ** occurred in 2% or more of the patients. The side effects without a ** occurred in less than 2% of the patients. Where needed, definitions of the medical terms were taken from Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary.

Any errors are unintentional and our own.
We hope you find this information helpful!


a.. ** Chest pain
b.. Face edema: Swelling of the face
c.. Fever
d.. Neck rigidity: Stiffness of the neck
e.. Malaise: A vague feeling of body discomfort
f.. Photosensitivity reaction: Sensitivity to light
g.. Generalized edema: Swelling of the body


a.. ** Nausea
b.. Gastroenteritis: Inflammation of the stomach and intestines
c.. Abnormal liver function tests
d.. Colitis: Inflammation of the colon or large intestine
e.. Vomiting
f.. Gastritis: Inflammation of the stomach
g.. Dry mouth
h.. Rectal hemorrhage: Heavy bleeding from the rectum
i.. Esophagitis: Inflammation of the esophagus
j.. Eructation: Belching, burping
k.. Glossitis: Inflammation of the tongue
l.. Mouth ulceration: Ulcers of the mouth
m.. Anorexia: Lack of appetite for food
n.. Increased appetite
o.. Stomatitis: Inflammation of the lining of the mouth
p.. Biliary pain: Gallbladder pain
q.. Cheilitis: Inflammation on the lips
r.. Duodenal ulcer
Dysphasia: Impaired speech
t.. Enteritis: Inflammation of the small intestine
u.. Melena: Bloody stools or vomit
v.. Gum hemorrhage: Heavy bleeding of the gums
w.. Stomach ulcer
x.. Tenesmus: Staining during bowel movements or urination
y.. Ulcerative stomatitis: Ulcers within the lining of the mouth
z.. Hepatitis: Inflammation of the liver
aa.. Pancreatitis: Inflammation of the pancreas
ab.. Cholestatic jaundice: Yellowing of the skin due to a stoppage in
the flow of bile


a.. ** Bronchitis: Inflammation of the bronchial tubes of the lungs
b.. ** Rhinitis: Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose
c.. Pneumonia: Inflammation of the lungs
d.. Dyspnea: Difficulty breathing
e.. Asthma: Wheezing or coughing attacks
f.. Epistaxis: Nosebleeds


a.. ** Insomnia
b.. ** Dizziness
c.. Paresthesia: Burning or prickling sensations
d.. Somnolence: Sleepiness, unnatural drowsiness
e.. Amnesia
f.. Abnormal dreams
g.. Decreased libido
h.. Emotional lability: Emotional instability
i.. Incoordination
j.. Peripheral neuropathy: A disorder of the peripheral nerves,
usually involving the feet, hands and sometimes the legs, arms and
face.  Symptoms may include numbness, tingling or burning
sensations,  pain,  abnormal reflexes, weakness and partial paralysis.
k.. Torticollis: Twisting of the neck
l.. Facial paralysis
m.. Hyperkinesia: Abnormally increased muscle activity
n.. Depression
o.. Hypesthesia: Decreased sensitivity of the skin or senses
p.. Hypertonia: Excessive tone, tension or activity; high blood pressure


a.. ** Arthritis
b.. Leg cramps
c.. Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa (fluid filled sacs throughout the
d.. Tenosynovitis: Inflammation of a tendon sheath
e.. Myasthenia: Muscle fatigue, weakness, loss of muscle tone
f.. Tendinous contracture: Contraction of tendons
g.. Myositis: Inflammation of a voluntary muscle


a.. Pruritus: Itching
b.. Contact dermatitis: Inflammation of the skin caused by an allergic
reaction to contact with a chemical, animal or vegetable substance
c.. Alopecia: Hair loss
d.. Dry skin
e.. Sweating
f.. Acne
g.. Urticaria: Rash with severe itching
h.. Eczema: Inflammation, itching, scabbing and burning of the skin
i.. Seborrhea: White discharge from the sebaceous glands
j.. Skin ulcer


a.. ** Urinary tract infection
b.. Urinary frequency
c.. Cystitis: Inflammation of the bladder
d.. Hematuria: Blood in the urine
e.. Impotence
f.. Dysuria: Painful or difficult urination
g.. Kidney calculus: Kidney stones
h.. Nocturia: Excessive urination at night
i.. Epididymitis: Inflammation within the testicles
j.. Fibrocystic breast: Fibrous lumps in the breast
k.. Vaginal hemorrhage
l.. Albuminuria: Albumin (a protein) in the urine
m.. Breast enlargement
n.. Metrorrhagia: Intermittent uterine bleeding throughout the month
o.. Nephritis: Inflammation and degeneration of the kidneys
p.. Urinary incontinence
q.. Urinary retention
r.. Urinary urgency
s.. Abnormal ejaculation
t.. Uterine hemorrhage

a.. Amblyopia: Dimness of vision
b.. Tinnitus: Ringing or buzzing in the ears
c.. Dry eyes
d.. Refraction disorder
e.. Eye hemorrhage: Bleeding within the eye
f.. Deafness
g.. Glaucoma: Elevated pressure within the eye
h.. Parosmia: Changes in the sense of smell
i.. Loss of taste
j.. Taste perversion: Changes in the sense of taste


a.. Palpitation: Rapid heartbeats that you can feel
b.. Vasodilatation: Dilation of the blood vessels
c.. Syncope: Sudden loss of strength or fainting
d.. Migraine
e.. Postural hypotension: Low blood pressure caused by changing
position too quickly
f.. Phlebitis: Inflammation of the veins
g.. Arrhythmia: Abnormal heart rhythm
h.. Angina Pectoris: Chest pain and a feeling of suffocation and
impending death
i.. Hypertension: High blood pressure


a.. ** Peripheral edema: Swelling in the hands and feet
b.. Hyperglycemia: High blood sugar levels
c.. Increased Creatine Phosphokinase: Enzyme released due to
damage of  the muscles of the heart, body and brain
d.. Gout: Excessive amounts of uric acid in the blood causing
painful joints
e.. Weight gain
f.. Hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar levels


a.. Ecchymosis: Abnormal bruising
b.. Anemia: Reduction in the number of red blood cells
c.. Lymphadenopathy: Disease of the lymph nodes
d.. Thrombocytopenia: Reduction in the number of blood platelets
e.. Petechia: A small, round, purplish red spot on the skin, caused
by bleeding under the skin, which later turns blue or yellow


a.. Anaphylaxis: An unusual reaction to a foreign substance in the body;
an antigen-antibody reaction
b.. Angioneurotic edema: Swelling in the deep layers of the skin,
including swelling of the lips, eyelids and tongue
c.. Bullous rashes: A rash with blisters
d.. Erythema Multiforme: Vivid red lesions on the skin
e.. Stevens-Johnson Syndrome: A disorder of the skin, with fever and
lesions of the mucous membranes of the mouth, anus, penis, etc.
f.. Toxic Epidermal Necrosis: Poisoning of the skin, leading to tissue death
g.. Rhabdomyolysis: Disintegration of muscles, leading to excretion of
myoglobin in the urine; severe cases can lead to kidney damage.


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