You can find Lipitor (atorvastatin) in generic and brand-name form. The generic versions are available in four strengths. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has assigned an "AB" rating to generic Lipitor, which means that it is considered equivalent to the brand-name drug. However, it may contain different inactive ingredients.
Is There a Generic Version of Lipitor?Lipitor® (atorvastatin calcium) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions. These Lipitor uses include:
- Treatment of high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
- Treatment of high triglycerides
- Prevention of heart or blood vessel disease (known as cardiovascular disease).
Brand-name Lipitor is manufactured by Pfizer, Inc. However, the medication is also available in generic form.
Generic Lipitor tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Atorvastatin 10 mg
- Atorvastatin 20 mg
- Atorvastatin 40 mg
- Atorvastatin 80 mg.
Generic Lipitor is made by various manufacturers, such as Ranbaxy and Watson Laboratories (the version sold by Watson is actually an authorized generic, meaning it is actually real, brand-name Lipitor that has been sold to a generic manufacturer and then repackaged as a generic).
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic versions of Lipitor currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Lipitor.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.