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Lipitor vs Zocor, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 79

This is personalized comparison of Lipitor vs Zocor for a male aged 79. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Lipitor (latest outcomes from 132,722 users) has active ingredients of atorvastatin calcium. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

Zocor (latest outcomes from 61,443 users) has active ingredients of simvastatin. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

What are the symptoms

Myalgia (muscle pain) (latest reports from 506,520 patients) has been reported by people with high blood cholesterol, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, depression, multiple sclerosis.

Drug ineffective (latest reports from 872,069 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, asthma.

On Oct, 31, 2014: 23,188 male patients aged 76 who take the same drugs are studied in Lipitor vs Zocor

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Male76High blood cholesterol and triglycerides

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Lipitor atorvastatin calciumPfizer
Zocor simvastatinMerck

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 76 (±5):

Comparison with the specified adverse outcomes:

(outcome and its % of total reports)

Lipitor (Pfizer)Zocor (Merck)
Myalgia9.19%8.29%
Drug Ineffective9.17%7.81%

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Lipitor (Pfizer)Zocor (Merck)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
Drug IneffectiveRenal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)
DizzinessDyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Asthenia (weakness)
Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Dizziness
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Myalgia (muscle pain)
Asthenia (weakness)Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Chest PainDrug Ineffective
Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Lipitor (Pfizer)Zocor (Merck)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
Arthralgia (joint pain)Myalgia (muscle pain)
Pain In ExtremityBlood Creatine Phosphokinase Increased
Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Asthenia (weakness)
Asthenia (weakness)Pulmonary Fibrosis (formation or development of excess fibrous connective tissue (fibrosis) in the lungs)
Gait DisturbanceMyocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)
Muscular Weakness (muscle weakness)Pain In Extremity
Blood Creatine Phosphokinase IncreasedRenal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)
Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)Myopathy (a muscular disease in which the muscle fibres do not function)
DiarrhoeaAtrial Fibrillation (fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart)

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Lipitor0.00%8.78%35.81%43.24%12.16%
Zocor0.30%11.18%32.63%43.50%12.39%

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On eHealthMe, Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) is often used to treat high blood cholesterol. Zocor (simvastatin) is often used to treat high blood cholesterol. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

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