Atorvastatin, sold by the brand name Lipitor is a statin drug used for preventing cardiovascular disease and treating abnormal lipid levels.
Common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, muscle pains and joint pain. Serious side effects may include type 2 diabetes and liver problems.
Atorvastatin was patented in 1986 by Pfizer. It was approved for medical use in the United States ten years later. The medication is available as a generic drug.