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Lipitor is also know generically as Atorvastatin and can be prescribed to reduce unwanted cholesterol like LDL and triglycerides to raise HDL cholesterol. Ideally this medication is used alongside a lifestyle change to include diet and exercise. Atorvastatin is known as a statin to help your liver generate less unwanted cholesterol. This will help reduce the potential for strokes and heart attacks.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Lipitor orally once a day with a full glass of water. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Lipitor at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
Diet and exercise is usually prescribed along side Lipitor to help improve the effect of the medication. It is best to stick to lifestyle change agreed upon your doctor to ensure that Lipitor provides the best treatment.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Lipitor. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to liver disease, kidney disease, and alcohol abuse. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Lipitor.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interfere with how this medication is absorbed in your body. Avoid drinking or having grapefruit to ensure an effective treatment with Lipitor.
Alcohol use while taking Lipitor can increase the risk of liver damage. Limit or avoid alcohol altogether while taking Lipitor. Additionally you can speak with your doctor regarding the acceptable limits of alcohol while using Lipitor.
If you are taking other medication for cholesterol take Lipitor an hour before or four hours after taking additional medication.
Side effects for Lipitor are: constipation, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, gas, heartburn, headache, and mild muscle pain.
More serious side serious side effects can be: muscle wasting and muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis), confusions or memory problems, fever, dark urine, increased thirst or hunger, drowsiness, loss of appetite, or yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Lipitor?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: With diet and exercise it can take up to four weeks to see results from this medication.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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