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Review: could Lipitor cause Sudden death?

Summary: Sudden death could be caused by Lipitor, especially for people who are male, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 2 years, also take Aspirin, and have Hypercholesterolaemia.

We study 129,629 people who have side effects while taking Lipitor from FDA and social media. Among them, 3,390 have Sudden death. Find out below who they are, when they have Sudden death and more.

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Lipitor (latest outcomes from 132,504 users) has active ingredients of atorvastatin calcium. It is often used in high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure. Commonly reported side effects of Lipitor include weakness, muscle aches, myalgia aggravated, nausea, nausea aggravated.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 129,798 people reported to have side effects when taking Lipitor. Among them, 3,390 people (2.61%) have Sudden Death. They amount to 0.64% of all the 531,443 people who have Sudden Death on eHealthMe.

Trend of Sudden death in Lipitor reports

Time on Lipitor when people have Sudden death * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Sudden death16.67%13.89%12.04%18.52%16.67%11.11%11.11%

Gender of people who have Sudden death when taking Lipitor * :

Sudden death42.14%57.86%

Age of people who have Sudden death when taking Lipitor * :

Sudden death0.11%0.00%0.00%0.17%1.12%5.74%16.06%76.80%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Hypercholesterolaemia (384 people, 11.33%)
  2. Hypertension (210 people, 6.19%)
  3. Hypertriglyceridaemia (123 people, 3.63%)
  4. Blood cholesterol increased (102 people, 3.01%)
  5. Multiple myeloma (97 people, 2.86%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (494 people, 14.57%)
  2. Lasix (427 people, 12.60%)
  3. Norvasc (293 people, 8.64%)
  4. Trasylol (289 people, 8.53%)
  5. Lisinopril (276 people, 8.14%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • Jenny on Oct, 15, 2012:

    Female, age 49
    Portland Oregon


    Jenny on Oct, 15, 2012:

    I currently prescribes Suboxone 16 MHD for the past two years. I take it as a pain reliever and to discourage myself from opiates. I also take Ativan 1.5 MHD per day for anxiety and panic. (weaning off)
    Anyway, I am a very active and alert woman fir the most part. Always on my feet! For the past few months I will pass out in the evening simply as I sit down for five minutes! I won't even feel tired! The most disturbing is I have been fainting and hitting my head or hurting myself as a result. I can be walking across my kitchen and the next thing, I come to while bashing into things. I'm literally falling at full speed, dead weight. I can tell because many times I'll wake up before I hit. I'll be ride's terrifying!!!! I told my dr and she downplays the medicinal aspect of it.

    I don't know what to do. Im not a drug user (recreational) but I feel I look like one'

    Please help!


    Metzger on Oct, 18, 2012:

    You CAN NOT mix the two.Your taking two different drugs that will lower your heart rate and slow down your respiratory system. It's not safe and could very well be fatal. I would never even think about mixing them, I have heard of people who stopped breathing in their sleep on account of this. It's like the little label on the side of the perscription bottle says, drinking alcohol may intensify the affects and side affects. Mixing the two drugs intensify the affects of the other.


    a marie on Nov, 22, 2012:

    most likely you feel like that because suboxone actually IS a hard drug and it's doing the same thing to your body as the other pain killers have. Suboxone is meant to be used for short periods of time as it is VERY hard to get off of and it's widely abused. I hate to see people get on suboxone and think that it's helping when in the long run, it's only harming :/


  • From this study (5 years ago):

  • Mother died while on these medications.


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