Some common Lipitor side effects are diarrhea, indigestion, joint pain, throat irritation and urinary tract infection, states WebMD. The joint pain is considered severe, while other common side effects are less severe. There are additional side effects associated with Lipitor, but they are infrequent and rare.
Rarely, taking Lipitor causes severe side effects, such as muscle weakness or pain, fever, chest pain, extreme fatigue, and abnormal bruising or bleeding, explains MedlinePlus. Other severe side effects, such as pain in the upper right area of the stomach, dark urine, yellowing of the skin or eyes, loss of appetite and flu-like symptoms, may also occur. Patients experiencing severe side effects require immediate medical care. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to Lipitor requiring emergency medical attention include hives, itching, trouble breathing, and swelling of the face or tongue.
Combined with a proper diet, Lipitor helps lower bad cholesterol and fats, notes WebMD. It helps increase good cholesterol. Women who are pregnant and people with liver problems should not take Lipitor, warns Everyday Health. Consuming alcoholic beverages while taking Lipitor may increase the risk for liver damage. Consult a physician before taking Lipitor, as it interacts with many medications, including Diltiazem and Gemfibrozil.