Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium ) was an extremely popular and widely prescribed medication developed to treat high cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. By blocking an enzyme found in the liver that controls the production of cholesterol, Lipitor would essentially lower the production of “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides, and increase the production of “good” cholesterol in a person’s blood.
Manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, the FDA approved the use of Lipitor in 1996. By early 2012, the FDA required Pfizer to update the label for Lipitor to include the risk that its use may cause Type-2 diabetes in women. Some of the other serious side effects that have been associated with Lipitor include:
- Kidney or liver damage
- Muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis)
- Muscle fatigue, soreness or a general lack of strength.
- Discolored (dark), infrequent urination or no urination at all
- Clay colored-stool
- Jaundice-like symptoms, yellowing of the eyes or skin
- Nausea, Pain in the upper stomach, lack of appetite
- Swelling and weight gain
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