What causes muscle pain, swelling in shoulders, arms and hands while on Lipitor?
Swelling of joints is unlikely to be a side effect of Lipitor
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If there is swelling of many joints, it is Polyarthritis and this requires to be investigated.
Pain in joints may occur in about 1 in 20 people taking Lipitor. Muscle pain occurs in less number of users. Swelling of the joints is not a usual side effect.
Arthritis involving multiple joints
Polyarthritis involves swelling, pain, redness and restriction of movements of many joints. It can occur in a number of conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus erythematosus and amyloidosis. It can also occur in alpha virus infections in which case the swellings would last only a week or so.
You can take an anti inflammatory medicine like Ibuprofen. If it persists, then it would better to see a doctor, have yourself examined and investigated.
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