My doctor has advised me to start Atorvastatin due to my high cholesterol levels along with my hypothyroidism medication. Can this cause any side effects?

Q. Can taking Atorvastatin along with hypothyroidism medication cause any side effects?

Answered by
Dr. Shaikh Sadaf
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 20, 2023

Hi doctor,

I have hypothyroidism that is being treated with Levothyroxine. My doctor has just put me on Atorvastatin because of my high cholesterol, I am not sure whether to take them or not with the side effects saying not to take them with hypothyroidism. What should I do?

Thank you.



Welcome to

I understand your concern.

It appears that you have hypothyroidism (a condition where there is an insufficiency of thyroid hormone) and dyslipidemia (an imbalance of lipids), which is also due to hypothyroidism. Atorvastatin can be taken with co-existing treatment for hypothyroidism. Thyroxine is to be taken in the morning and atorvastatin has to be taken at night. Atorvastatin treatment might be for three to six months, depending upon your lipid levels. Most of the time patients do not experience any side effects. If at all they occur, then we can change to another lipid-lowering agent. However, pregnancy is to be avoided during this period.

I hope this information will help you. Please revert in case of more queries.

Thank you.

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