ator·​va·​stat·​in ə-ˌtȯr-və-ˈsta-tᵊn How to pronounce atorvastatin (audio)
: a statin administered orally in the form of its hydrated calcium salt (C33H34FN2O5)2·Ca3H2O to lower lipid levels in the blood

Examples of atorvastatin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Statin drugs like Crestor (rosuvastatin), Lipitor (atorvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin), and Zocor (simvastatin) can reduce blood cholesterol. Kashif J. Piracha, Verywell Health, 12 July 2024 The toxicology results also indicated the pilot took the high cholesterol medication atorvastatin and the high blood pressure medication terazosin. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 15 Apr. 2024 Indeed, the history of attempts to bring statin therapy to OTC status in the U.S. dates back more than 25 years, and three attempts—lovastatin, pravastatin and atorvastatin—since then have failed. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2024 Your healthcare provider may need to prescribe a statin drug, such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), to regulate cholesterol. Lana Barhum, Verywell Health, 15 Jan. 2024 In November 2021, my cardiologist prescribed me 40 mg of atorvastatin in case of chest pain before any tests. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 29 June 2023 So, there could well be some small cholesterol plaque, and atorvastatin is clearly indicated even in people with small blockages. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 29 June 2023 One writer noted that the nightmares went away with switching atorvastatin (Lipitor) from nighttime to morning. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 13 Jan. 2023 The government paid insurance plans $919 million dollars to dispense 3.6 billion atorvastatin tablets in 2019. Alfred Engelberg, STAT, 11 Sep. 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1994, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of atorvastatin was in 1994

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Cite this Entry

“Atorvastatin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


: 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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