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simvastatin vs Lipitor, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 55

This is personalized comparison of simvastatin vs Lipitor for a male aged 55. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Simvastatin (latest outcomes from 80,754 users) has active ingredients of simvastatin. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

Lipitor (latest outcomes from 132,675 users) has active ingredients of atorvastatin calcium. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

On Jul, 10, 2014: 17,182 male patients aged 50 who take the same drugs are studied in simvastatin vs Lipitor

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Male50Familial Hypercholesterolaemia

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
simvastatin simvastatinnot specified
Lipitor atorvastatin calciumPfizer

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 50 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
simvastatinLipitor (Pfizer)
Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)
Chest PainChest Pain
Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)Myalgia (muscle pain)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Coronary Artery Disease (plaque building up along the inner walls of the arteries of the heart, which narrows the arteries and restricts blood flow to the heart)
Asthenia (weakness)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
DepressionAsthenia (weakness)
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Drug Ineffective
DizzinessDizziness

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

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
simvastatinLipitor (Pfizer)
Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)Myalgia (muscle pain)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Blood Creatine Phosphokinase IncreasedBlood Creatine Phosphokinase Increased
Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)
DepressionAsthenia (weakness)
Erectile DysfunctionRhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
Chest PainDepression
Myopathy (a muscular disease in which the muscle fibres do not function)Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Pain
Coronary Artery Disease (plaque building up along the inner walls of the arteries of the heart, which narrows the arteries and restricts blood flow to the heart)Coronary Artery Disease (plaque building up along the inner walls of the arteries of the heart, which narrows the arteries and restricts blood flow to the heart)

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
simvastatin0.65%12.30%38.51%38.51%10.03%
Lipitor1.63%10.57%27.64%44.44%15.72%

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Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Simvastatin (simvastatin) is often used to treat high blood cholesterol. Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) 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.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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