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Review: could Lipitor cause Weight gain?

Summary: Weight gain could be caused by Lipitor, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take Aspirin, and have Blood cholesterol increased.

We study 129,629 people who have side effects while taking Lipitor from FDA and social media. Among them, 3,070 have Weight gain. Find out below who they are, when they have Weight gain and more.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 129,798 people reported to have side effects when taking Lipitor. Among them, 3,070 people (2.37%) have Weight Gain. They amount to 0.59% of all the 520,663 people who have Weight Gain on eHealthMe.

Trend of Weight gain in Lipitor reports

Time on Lipitor when people have Weight gain * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Weight gain10.08%21.43%10.92%14.29%18.07%14.29%10.92%

Gender of people who have Weight gain when taking Lipitor * :

FemaleMale
Weight gain64.90%35.10%

Age of people who have Weight gain when taking Lipitor * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Weight gain0.00%0.04%0.19%0.64%4.36%13.19%29.45%52.12%

Severity of Weight gain when taking Lipitor ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Weight gain3.12%43.75%50.00%3.12%

How people recovered from Weight gain ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Weight gain0.00%16.67%83.33%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Blood cholesterol increased (580 people, 18.89%)
  2. Hypertension (308 people, 10.03%)
  3. Depression (216 people, 7.04%)
  4. Diabetes mellitus (183 people, 5.96%)
  5. Pain (142 people, 4.63%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (658 people, 21.43%)
  2. Lasix (426 people, 13.88%)
  3. Avandia (413 people, 13.45%)
  4. Lisinopril (309 people, 10.07%)
  5. Neurontin (303 people, 9.87%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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    I have taken Tegretol XR for many years without having a seizure in 17 years. After 1 week of taking Lipitor (for cholesterol) I suffered a grand mal seizure. They found my Tegretol level at zero when I got to the hospital. I completely believe the Lipitor stopped my body from absorbing the Tegretol. The neurologist thought so as well, but would not file this report as he should have!

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