LIPITOR (ATORVASTATIN) is used along with a proper diet to help lower “bad” cholesterol and fats (such as LDL, triglycerides) and raise “good” cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. It belongs to a group of drugs known as “statins.” It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. Lowering “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides and raising “good” cholesterol decreases the risk of heart disease and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks.In addition to eating a proper diet (such as a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet), other lifestyle changes that may help this medication work better include exercising, losing weight if overweight, and stopping smoking. Consult your doctor for more details.
What is LIPITOR (ATORVASTATIN)?
LIPITOR (ATORVASTATIN) is one of a group of inhibitors or ‘statins’ of HMG CoA drugs. Atorvastatin is the generic equivalent for Lipitor.
In people with Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease or other risks factor, atorvastatin is used to treat high cholesterol and to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack and other cardiac complications.
If you’re pregnant or breast feeding, or have liver disease, you should not take atorvastatin. Call your doctor immediately when you get pregnant and stop taking this medication.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use atorvastatin if you are allergic to it, or if you have: liver disease; or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
LIPITOR (ATORVASTATIN) may harm a child that has not yet been delivered or cause birth defects. If you are pregnant, please do not use. Take this medicine and tell your doctor if you get pregnant immediately. Use effective birth control while you are taking this medicine to prevent pregnancy.
LIPITOR (ATORVASTATIN) side effects
The oral tablet of atorvastatin does not cause drowsiness, but it may cause other side effects.
More common side effects
Some of the more common side effects that can occur with the use of atorvastatin oral tablets include:
cold symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, and coughing
urinary tract infection (UTI)
How to take LIPITOR (ATORVASTATIN)
For oral LIPITOR (ATORVASTATIN) tablets, this dosage information is available. Not here can be included any potential doses and drug forms. Your dose, the form of your drug and the frequency of use depends on:your age the condition being treated, how severe your condition is, other medical conditions you have and how you react to the first dose.
Store at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
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