Lipitor is a drug that increases the levels of good cholesterol content in the blood simultaneously reducing bad cholesterol level. It is used for treating high cholesterol, to prevent stroke, heart complications and others. As an off label use, the medication is used for treating many other medical ailments too.
Lipitor is the trade name for the medicine atorvastatin, which is an LDL cholesterol reducing agent that is commonly used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. This drug can be used by both adults and pediatrics. This med is available only under a valid doctor’s prescription.
Atorvastatin is the active ingredient in Lipitor and belongs to a group of drugs known as statins which are synthetic lipid lowering agents that aims to lower cholesterol. This med works by inhibiting an enzyme called as HMG-CoA reductase that is produced in the liver and plays a crucial role in the way the body produces cholesterol.
You should not take Lipitor medication if you are allergic to the active ingredient atorvastatin or any other ingredients of the medicine. This medicine is not advised for women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant or even breastfeeding women for that matter. Consult the doctor before you take this medicine.
Patients who have a history of drug abuse or have liver or kidney disease can consult the doctor before they take Lipitor for safety concerns. This drug can have adverse reactions with other cholesterol lowering drugs like tipranavir, telaprevir, gemfibrozil and ritonavir, so use them only after seeking consent from the physician.
Dosage and Administration
The dosage of Lipitor is bound to vary depending upon the person’s age, severity of the condition, response to the treatment and also based on the physician’s recommendation. One has to carefully follow the physician’s guidance while taking this med.
The initial dose for a patient could vary ranging from 10 mg to 80 mg. Lipitor dose is adjusted at an interval of 2 to 4 weeks. The tablets should be swallowed anytime during the day but only once each day either with or without having food. It is very important to take this medication at the same time every day.
In order to achieve effective treatment, the drug should be taken regularly without stopping. It might take at least a month to notice any changes in the body as a result of Lipitor treatment course. You should never increase or decrease the dosage strength of this pill or take it for longer than what is recommended as dong so can result in unnatural consequences.
The common side effects include
Serious side effects include
Some people could experience pain in the muscles or feel tenderness of the muscles. Sometimes, the condition worsens leading to serious problems like autoimmune myopathy and rhabdomyolysis.
You have to visit the health care professional immediately if your side effects worsens over time or persists for a prolonged period of time.