What You Should Know
Lipitor is marketed as a brand name of the generic Atrovastatin. The manufacturers of the drug claim it will help control bad cholesterol and fats. It is supposed to also raise good cholesterol when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. Lipitor in the statin drug family and allegedly works by reducing the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver. Other methods to control cholesterol are suppose to be tried before Lipior is prescribed. The medical community believes lowering bad cholesterol and triglycerides and raising good cholesterol will decrease the risk of heart disease and prevent strokes and heart attacks.
List of Ingredients
Lipitor is a pharmaceutical and has undergone extensive clinical trials that support the claims made by the company. However, there are instances when the drug does not work for some people and serious side effects can occur. The medication is to be taken by mouth and is suppose to be effective when taken with or without food. The typical dosage is once per day but the doctor will direct your specific instructions. Lipitor is available by prescription only. The medication must be taken regularly in order for it to benefit the user. Lipitor may take up to four weeks before a change in the cholesterol level is realized. It must be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise.
- Studies support the company claims of Lipitor’s cholesterol lower effectiveness.
- Lipitor may decrease the chances of heart attack and strokes.
- The dosage of Lipitor can be adjusted for the individual based on the body’s response.
- The doctor will monitor your progress and the drug’s effectiveness.
- Lipitor cannot be used in conjunction with telithromycin because very serious and possibly fatal interactions may occur.
- Rhabdomyolysis can occur while using Lipitor. This a serious condition of the muscles which are indicated by muscle pain, tenderness and weakness. Fever and unusual tiredness can occur as well as the amount of urine.
- Diarrhea dizziness and trouble breathing may occur.
- It can take 4 weeks to help decrease cholesterol
- People taking Lipitor must avoid eating grapefruit.
- Lipitor cannot be used by people who are pregnant or nursing as the medication can cross over into the breast milk.
- People with a history of kidney disease or current liver disease cannot use Lipitor.
Anyone who decides Lipitor may be right for them should discuss their case with their doctor before taking the medication. Do not use someone else prescription without consulting your doctor. Lipitor has caused serious side effects in some users. Tell the doctor if you are allergic to statin drugs before beginning any cholesterol lowering regimen. People who have liver conditions should not use Lipitor. Older adults may be more sensitive to the muscle problems and other side effects of Lipitor.