ator·​va·​stat·​in | \ ə-ˌtȯr-və-ˈsta-tᵊn How to pronounce atorvastatin (audio) , -ˈtȯr-və-ˌsta- \

Definition of atorvastatin

: a statin administered orally in the form of its hydrated calcium salt (C33H34FN2O5)2·Ca3H2O to lower lipid levels in the blood

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Recent Examples on the Web Metformin, used to treat type 2 diabetes, and cholesterol-lowering atorvastatin, the generic version for Lipitor, will no longer be free. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Meijer to stop offering some free prescription drugs: What to know," 17 Jan. 2020 When Pfizer’s patent on the best-selling statin Lipitor yielded to generic atorvastatin, the price quickly dropped by 95% and has remained comparatively negligible. Peter Kolchinsky, WSJ, "Let’s Throw a Patent-Burning Party," 30 Sep. 2018 About 5 percent developed myalgias while taking the statin atorvastatin (brand name Lipitor), and about half that many developed myalgias while taking placebo, or more precisely, nocebo. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "How Many People Can’t Tolerate Statins?," 1 June 2018 Surprisingly, more than half of these previously intolerant patients were able to tolerate low-dose atorvastatin. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "How Many People Can’t Tolerate Statins?," 1 June 2018 Experts say 56 million people in the U.S. should be taking statins, such as atorvastatin (brand name Lipitor) and rosuvastatin (brand name Crestor). Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Patients Take Big Risks When Stopping Statins," 31 July 2017 Researchers looked at more than 10,000 patients who had been randomly assigned to take either atorvastatin (Lipitor) or a placebo. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Are Statin Side Effects ‘All in Our Heads’?," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of atorvastatin

1994, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for atorvastatin

ator- (perhaps alteration of lipid control) + -vastatin (as in lovastatin)

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The first known use of atorvastatin was in 1994

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“Atorvastatin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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ator·​va·​stat·​in | \ ə-ˌtȯr-və-ˈstat-ᵊn, -ˈtȯr-və-ˌstat- How to pronounce atorvastatin (audio) \

Medical Definition of atorvastatin

: a statin that is administered orally (as in hypercholesterolemia) in the form of its hydrated calcium salt (C33H34FN2O5)2Ca·3H2O to lower lipid levels in the blood

Note: Atorvastatin is marketed under the trademark Lipitor and when used in combination with amlodipine, under the trademark Caduet.

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