What is Lipitor?
Lipitor is used to reduce the amounts of LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol, triglycerides (another type of fat), and apolipoprotein B (a protein needed to make cholesterol) in your blood. Lipitor is also used to increase the level of HDL (good) cholesterol in your blood. These actions are important in reducing the risk of hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart attacks, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.
What you should know before using Lipitor.
Before taking Lipitor first contact your doctor if you have liver disease. Tell your doctor if you have a chronic muscular disease, require major surgery, or have a blood disorder. You may not be able to take Lipitor, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above. Do not take Lipitor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether Lipitor passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
What to avoid while taking Lipitor.
Consuming alcohol while using Lipitor can be damaging to your liver. Alcohol should be used only in moderation. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Lipitor. The interaction could lead to potentially dangerous effects.
How is Lipitor taken?
Lipitor comes as a tablet and is taken orally (by mouth). It is usually taken once a day with or without food. To help you remember to take Lipitor, take it around the same time every day. Your doctor may start you on a low dose of Lipitor and gradually increase your dose. Continue to take Lipitor even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Lipitor without talking to your doctor. Eat a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet to get the best results possible.
What should be done if a dose is missed?
Take your missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose unless your doctor tells you to do so.
What are the side effects of Lipitor?
Although side effects from Lipitor are not common, they can occur. Please contact your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe:
- Stomach pain or cramps
- Blurred vision
- Rash or itching
- Upset stomach
If you experience any of the following symptoms while taking Lipitor, call your doctor immediately:
- Muscle pain
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