Atorvastatin calcium side effects - from FDA reports


In this review, we analyze Atorvastatin calcium side effects by the time on the drug, gender and age of the people who have side effects while taking Atorvastatin calcium. The review is based on 31,287 people who have side effects while taking the drug from FDA, and is updated regularly.

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Atorvastatin Calcium

Atorvastatin calcium has active ingredients of atorvastatin calcium. It is often used in high blood cholesterol. (latest outcomes from Atorvastatin calcium 34,006 users)


On Dec, 23, 2018

31,287 people who take Atorvastatin Calcium are studied.


Number of reports submitted per year:

Atorvastatin calcium side effects.

Most common side effects over time *:

< 1 month:
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Muscle spasms (muscle contraction)
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  • Pain in extremity
  • Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
  • Vomiting
  • Myocardial infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Rash maculo-papular (red area on the skin that is covered with small confluent bumps)
  • Swollen tongue (swelling of tongue)
1 - 6 months:
  • Pancytopenia (medical condition in which there is a reduction in the number of red and white blood cells, as well as platelets)
  • Rectal haemorrhage (bleeding from anus)
  • Transaminases increased
  • Rash
  • Sleep disorder
  • Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
  • Blood creatine phosphokinase increased
  • Death
  • Nephrotic syndrome (kidney disease with proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia, and oedema)
  • Pruritus (severe itching of the skin)
6 - 12 months:
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Pain in extremity
  • Rash
  • Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
  • Weight decreased
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Myocardial infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)
  • Pruritus generalised (generalized itching)
  • Vision blurred
1 - 2 years:
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Weight decreased
  • Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Vomiting
  • Pain in extremity
  • Ventricular dysfunction (heart dysfunction)
  • Pyrexia (fever)
  • Renal failure (kidney dysfunction)
  • Renal failure acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)
2 - 5 years:
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
  • Death
  • Muscle spasms (muscle contraction)
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Pain
  • Renal failure (kidney dysfunction)
  • Tendon rupture (tear of tendon)
  • Muscular weakness (muscle weakness)
  • Vasculitis (inflammation of a blood vessel or blood vessels)
5 - 10 years:
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Abdominal pain
  • Neuropathy peripheral (surface nerve damage)
  • Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
  • Acute hepatic failure
  • Death
  • Tendon rupture (tear of tendon)
  • Amnesia (deficit in memory caused by brain damage, disease, or psychological trauma)
  • Multi-organ failure (multisystem organ failure)
10+ years:
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Peripheral sensory neuropathy (damage to one or more of your peripheral nerves)
  • Erosive duodenitis (condition that affects the wall of the small intestine)
  • Gastric ulcer (stomach ulcer)
  • Hepatotoxicity (chemical-driven liver damage)
  • Hyperhidrosis (abnormally increased sweating)
  • Impaired driving ability
  • International normalised ratio increased
  • Jaundice cholestatic
  • Liver function test abnormal
not specified:
  • Vomiting
  • Weight decreased
  • Drug ineffective
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Drug hypersensitivity
  • Death
  • Rash
  • Pain in extremity
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)

Most common side effects by gender *:

female:
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Vomiting
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Drug ineffective
  • Weight decreased
  • Pain in extremity
  • Drug hypersensitivity
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  • Pain
  • Muscle spasms (muscle contraction)
male:
  • Weight decreased
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Pain in extremity
  • Pain
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Weight increased
  • Muscle spasms (muscle contraction)
  • Renal failure (kidney dysfunction)
  • Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)

Most common side effects by age *:

0-1:
  • Ankyloglossia congenital (a congenital anomaly in which the mucous membrane under the tongue is too short limiting the mobility of the tongue)
  • Drug administration error
  • Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)
  • International normalised ratio increased
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Orthostatic hypotension (a medical condition consisting of a sudden decrease in blood pressure when a person stands up)
  • Pruritus generalised (generalized itching)
  • Renal failure acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)
  • Sensation of heaviness
  • Syncope (loss of consciousness with an inability to maintain postural tone)
2-9:
  • Ewing's sarcoma (malignant small, round, blue cell tumour)
  • Bronchospasm (spasm of bronchial smooth muscle producing narrowing of the bronchi)
  • Drug level below therapeutic
  • Epstein-barr virus associated lymphoproliferative disorder (lymphocytes are produced in excessive quantities associated with epstein-barr virus)
  • Headache (pain in head)
  • Hypertransaminasaemia
  • Renal failure chronic (long lasting kidney dysfunction)
  • Respiratory disorder (respiratory disease)
  • Spermatozoa progressive motility decreased
  • Thyroid pain (pain in neck)
10-19:
  • Squamous cell carcinoma of skin (a cancer of a kind of epithelial cell, the squamous cell. these cells are the main part of the epidermis of the skin)
  • Intentional overdose
  • Seizure (abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain)
  • Suicide attempt
  • Abortion spontaneous (naturally occurring miscarriage)
  • Multiple drug overdose intentional
  • Oesophagitis (inflammation of oesophagus)
  • Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Drug abuse
20-29:
  • Cervix carcinoma (cancer of cervix)
  • Seizure (abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain)
  • Vomiting
  • Blood glucose increased
  • Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)
  • Crohn's disease (condition that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract)
  • Death
  • Granulocytopenia (lack of granulocyte)
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Paraesthesia (sensation of tingling, tickling, prickling, pricking, or burning of a person's skin with no apparent long-term physical effect)
30-39:
  • Vomiting
  • Spermatozoa progressive motility decreased
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Spermatozoa progressive motility abnormal
  • Vision blurred
  • Tendon rupture (tear of tendon)
  • Weight decreased
  • Drug hypersensitivity
  • Pain
  • Pyrexia (fever)
40-49:
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Vomiting
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Weight decreased
  • Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
  • Myocardial infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)
  • Weight increased
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  • White blood cell count increased
  • Pain
50-59:
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Vomiting
  • Weight decreased
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
  • Drug ineffective
  • Pain in extremity
  • Myocardial infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)
  • Pain
  • Drug hypersensitivity
60+:
  • Vomiting
  • Weight decreased
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Pain in extremity
  • Drug ineffective
  • Death
  • Drug hypersensitivity
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

FDA reports used in this study

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