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Lipitor, also known by it's generic name Atorvastatin is used to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Lipitor helps reduce the liver's cholesterol production of unwanted fats like LDL and triglycerides and improve healthy cholesterol (HDL) to decrease the risk of heart disease while preventing strokes and heart attacks.
Lipitor is taken orally once a day with or without food. Dosages can vary depending on the patients diagnosed condition, and potential medications being used alongside Lipitor. For best results follow your doctors prescribed directions when taking Lipitor.
Taking Lipitor regularly at the same time everyday ensures the best results over time and develops a dosing routine. Continue to take this medication even if you feel fine, and stick to your doctors prescribed directions.
Diet and exercise is recommended to ensure the best results are felt while taking Lipitor. A life style change will give the best results as you find out what diet and exercise routines make sense for you.
If you are taking other medications to help lower cholesterol allow at least 4 hours after you take another medication to take your dose of Lipitor. Additional you can take Lipitor an hour before you take other medications to avoid any interactions. If complications arise your doctor or pharmasist can help you understand a dosing schedule that works for you. \
Be sure to speak with your doctor about any known allergies, prior medical conditions, and any current medication before taking Lipitor.
Grapefuit and Grapefuit juice are not recommended while taking Lipitor as they reduce the effectiveness of the medication. Limit or avoid alcohol to prevent complications in the liver. Additionally you can speak with your doctor on acceptable limits of alcohol consumption while taking Lipitor.
Some side effects can include:
constipation, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, gas, heartburn, headache, mild muscle pain
Serious side effects are:
muscle wasting and muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis) confusion or memory problems, fever, dark urine, increased thirst or hunger, drowsiness, loss of appetite, yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), headaches, joint, muscle, and back pain, nausea and digestive problems, inflammation of the nasal passages, throat pain, nose bleedsl allergic reactions
If you experience any serious side effects from taking Lipitor contact your doctor for medical treatment. If any other side effects becomes too severe, then work with your doctor or pharmacist to help manage these side effects.
Q: Can I take this while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: You should not take Lipitor during a pregnancy as it could effect the pregnancy. There is not enough medical data to know if Lipitor can be transmittable through breast milk. To be on the side caution it is best to avoid taking Lipitor while breastfeeding and consult your doctor to understand the risk involved.
Q: How should I store Lipitor?
A: Lipitor is stored in room temperature away from light and moisture. It is best to avoid storing Lipitor in the bathroom while taking care to avoid contact with children and pets.
Q: I have a friend who is also using Lipitor, can I give them left over medication?
A: No, you should never share your prescribed medication with anyone for health reasons. If you are wanting to dispose of left over or expired Lipitor contact your local pharmacy for disposal instructions. Do not dispose of this medicine in wastewater.
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