Lipitor Side Effects: UTI, Nasal Inflammation, Joint Pain. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States and the world, and having high cholesterol levels in your blood gives you a higher chance of getting it.
But how do you know that you have high blood cholesterol levels, when by itself, that condition poses no signs or symptoms? Without having yourself tested, you may not know that your cholesterol level is too high. And by the time you discover it, the condition may have reached the point where it has to be managed daily, to lessen its impact on your life. At this point, too, daily maintenance doses of drugs can strain your budget considerably.
Thankfully, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 30 approved the first generic version of the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium tablets).