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. It is also available as a generic, under the name Atorvastatin. To purchase it, you must obtain a valid prescription from your doctor.
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 and healthy eating.
Warnings for Lipitor
You should inform your doctor of any muscle pain or weakness, thyroid or kidney disease, or alcohol use before you start taking Lipitor. In addition, 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. Lipitor may also interact negatively with several medications, including anti-depressants, antibiotics, and birth control pills.
Possible Side Effects of Lipitor
· Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
· Confusion and memory loss
· Dark colored urine
· Increased thirst
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