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Lipitor, the brand name for atorvastatin, is a prescription medication used to treat
high cholesterol levels and to prevent heart disease. Lipitor belongs to a group of drugs
called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, also known as statins. Statins help to lower cholesterol
levels in the body. This medication comes in tablet form and is usually taken once a
day, with or without food. Common side effects of Lipitor include diarrhea, upset stomach,
and muscle and joint pain. As is always the case, take this medication only if your healthcare
provider prescribes it for you. For RxWiki, I'm Beth Bolt.