Important Safety Information for LIPITOR

LIPITOR® (atorvastatin calcium) tablets are contraindicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to any component of this product, in patients with active liver disease or unexplained persistent elevations of hepatic transaminases; in women who are or may become pregnant or who are nursing; in patients with hypersensitivity to any component of this medication.

Rare cases of rhabdomyolysis have been reported with LIPITOR and other statins. Tell patients to promptly report muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness. Predisposing factors include advanced age (≥65), uncontrolled hypothyroidism, and renal impairment. Patients with a history of renal impairment merit closer monitoring. In cases of myopathy or rhabdomyolysis, therapy should be temporarily withheld or discontinued.

The concomitant use of higher doses of LIPITOR® (atorvastatin calcium) tablets with certain drugs such as cyclosporine and strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (eg, clarithromycin, itraconazole, and HIV protease inhibitors) increases the risk of myopathy/rhabdomyolysis. Lower doses of LIPITOR should be considered. Physicians should carefully monitor patients for signs or symptoms of myopathy early during therapy and when titrating the dose of either drug.

It is recommended that liver function tests be performed prior to the initiation of therapy and repeated as clinically indicated therafter.

Increases in HbA1c and fasting serum glucose levels have been reported with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, including LIPITOR® (atorvastatin calcium) tablets.

In a post hoc analysis of the SPARCL study in patients without CHD who had a stroke or TIA within the preceding 6 months, a higher incidence of hemorrhagic stroke was seen in the LIPITOR® 80 mg (atorvastatin calcium) tablets group compared with placebo (2.3% vs 1.4%). Some baseline characteristics, including hemorrhagic and lacunar stroke on study entry, were associated with a higher incidence of hemorrhagic stroke in the LIPITOR group.

The most commonly reported adverse reactions with LIPITOR® (atorvastatin calcium) tablets in placebo-controlled trials were: nasopharyngitis, arthralgia, diarrhea, pain in extremity, and urinary tract infection.