Lipitor belongs to a group of medications called “statins,” which lower cholesterol levels by blocking the HMG CoA reductase enzymes that your body produces for cholesterol production. It comes in pill form, and should be taken orally. A prescription is required to purchase Lipitor or the generic called Atorvastatin. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Conditions Treated by Lipitor
Lipitor is most often prescribed for the treatment of high cholesterol, though it is not a cure for this condition. It works by reducing “bad” LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, while simultaneously increasing “good” HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. In doing so, it helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attack or stroke. Your doctor may also recommend certain lifestyle changes such as increased exercise, healthy eating, and quit smoking.
Before You Use Lipitor
Ask your doctor about any risks of taking Lipitor while you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. You should inform your doctor of other medical conditions and allergies you have and list all current OTC and Rx drugs you take or use, including herbal preparations and dietary or vitamin supplements so it can be determined if Lipitor is safe for you to take.
Warnings for Lipitor
Tell your doctor if you notice unexplained muscle pain, fever, or dark colored urine while taking the medication, as these may signal a breakdown of skeletal muscular tissue.
Lipitor’s effectiveness can be negatively impacted if you drink alcohol or eat foods high in fat and cholesterol, so make sure to avoid these during your treatment. You should not start, stop, or change the dosage of Lipitor or other medications without consulting with your doctor first.
Possible Side Effects of Lipitor
· Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
· Confusion and memory loss
· Dark colored urine
· Increased thirst
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