How it works
Torivas belongs to a class of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, or statins. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
This drug works by lowering your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol and raising your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good” cholesterol. Torivas improves your body’s ability to get rid of LDL cholesterol through your liver.
Torivas oral tablet doesn’t cause drowsiness, but it can cause other side effects.
More common side effects
Some of the more common side effects that can occur with use of Torivas oral tablet include:
- cold symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, and coughing
- joint pain
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects
Serious side effects when taking Torivas are rare and happen in less than 1 in 1,000 people.
Stop taking Torivas and call a doctor if you get:
- muscle pain, tenderness, weakness or cramps - these can be signs of muscle breakdown and kidney damage
- yellow skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow, or if you have pale poo and dark pee - this can be a sign of liver problems
- a skin rash with pink-red blotches, especially on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet
- severe stomach pain - this can be a sign of pancreas problems
- a cough, feeling short of breath, and weight loss - this can be a sign of lung disease
On this page
- About Torivas
- Key facts
- Who can and can't take Torivas
- How and when to take it
- Side effects
- How to cope with side effects
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Cautions with other medicines
- Common questions
Torivas side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Torivas: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
In rare cases, Torivas can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, potentially leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.
Also call your doctor at once if you have:
pain or burning when you urinate;
liver problems - upper stomach pain, weakness, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
kidney problems - little or no urinating, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath.
Common Torivas side effects may include:
stuffy nose, sore throat;
pain in your arms or legs.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
PICTURES OF ATORVASTATIN PILLS
Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of Torivas that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes and manufacturers. The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.
- Store Torivas at room temperature between 68°F (20°C) and 77°F (25°C). Keep it away from high temperatures.
- Don’t store this medication in moist or damp areas, such as bathrooms.