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Pharmacy/delayed side effect?


I've taken Lipitor (Avorastatin) for many years, with no apparent side effects. But lately I've had chronic digestive issues (upset stomach)for months, that don't seem to respond to anything. Then I read that although it's rare, GI symptoms can be a side effect of statins. Is it possible to develop an adverse side effect to a drug, years after taking it?? I wouldn't think so but not sure. Thanks


I have listed below the declared GI side effect profile of Atorvastatin, so you can see the more extreme effects are relatively rare, but not unheard of.

Gastrointestinal disorders:

Common (0.1 - 0.01% patients): constipation, flatulence, dyspepsia, nausea, diarrhoea.

Uncommon (0.01 - 0.001% patients): vomiting, abdominal pain upper and lower, burping, pancreatitis.

If you do not take any other medication, then your problems could be down to the Atorvastatin, even if they have taken some time to appear. Developing side effects after prolonged use is rare, and may often be associated with other changes in health, diet or medication.

I hope this helps.


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