Lipitor (generic name: Atorvastatin Calcium) is primarily an approved drug which is prescribed to patients with high cholesterol, but is also prescribed for other medical conditions including Fredrickson types 3 and 4. The drug is proven to lower bad cholesterol levels (LDLs) and triglycerides in the blood. Some of your cholesterol is carried as high density lipoprotein (HDL), which is mostly protein and a small amount of cholesterol. Most of your cholesterol is carried as low density lipoprotein (LDL), which is mostly cholesterol with a smaller amount of protein. Very low density lipoproteins (VLDLs) are another type of fat called triglyceride which is fat from your diet. A healthy person has plenty of HDL, and less LDL and VLDL. Higher levels of LDL and VLDL can cause fatty deposits in the blood vessels.
Atorvastatin Side Effects:
Side effects of Lipitor may include diarrhea, urine and bladder infection, headaches, dizziness, nausea, skin rash, swelling in various parts of the body, muscle pain, cramps, weakness, feeling limp, fatigue, and in more rare instances it can also cause muscle damage. If you experience any side effects you should seek medical attention immediately to ensure safety.
Lipitor comes in tablet form and should be taken as directed on the packet. Your doctor will also advise on dosage and directions and you should follow your doctor’s usage instructions. Lipitor can be taken with or without food; however it is recommended that you take it in the evening. You should store Lipitor in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight, in an air tight container.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients you should not take Lipitor and should inform your doctor. Lipitor is not suitable if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding. You must inform your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions including thyroid problems, muscle conditions, liver or kidney conditions. You must also consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they may interact with Lipitor, and these include cholesterol medications, heart medication, birth control pills, medicines for infections or the immune system, drugs for cancer. When taking Lipitor you should avoid grapefruit or grapefruit juice as this can have potentially dangerous effects.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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