Lipitor is a drug that falls under the group of drugs known as "statins" or HMG CoA reductase inhibitors. The generic name of Lipitor is Atorvastatin.
Lipitor (Atorvastatin) helps in bringing down the high levels of LDL (low- density lipoprotein) which is also known as bad cholesterol. It also reduces the high level of triglycerides present in the blood.
This drug also increases the low levels of HDL (high- density lipoprotein) which is also known as good cholesterol.
This drug can be used in adults as well as children who at least 10 years of age.
Indications of Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
The uses of Lipitor (Atorvastatin) include:
- Treatment of high cholesterol
- Lowering the risk of heart attack, stroke or any other cardiac complication in the patient who suffer from coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, or any other risk factor.
Side- effects of Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
The side- effects of Lipitor (Atorvastatin) can be segregated as a serious side- effects and common side- effects.
The serious side- effects of Lipitor (Atorvastatin) include:
- Allergic reaction: Allergic reaction to Lipitor (Atorvastatin) manifests as difficulty in breathing, hives and swelling on face, tongue, lips as well as throat.
- In a very rare condition the use of Lipitor (Atorvastatin) can lead to the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissues causing renal failure. This condition manifests as muscle pain, tenderness as well as weakness if the patient has fever, dark colored urine and unusual tiredness.
- Kidney problems like little or no urination at all, difficult urination, swelling in ankles or feet, short of breath and feeling tired
- Signs of stroke including sudden weakness or numbness, slurred speech, sudden severe headache, problem with balance or vision
- Liver problems like nausea, itching, upper stomach pain, feeling tired, loss of appetite, dark colored urine, jaundice, clay- colored stools
The common side- effects of Lipitor (Atorvastatin) include:
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Upset stomach
How to take Lipitor (Atorvastatin)?
You must take Lipitor (Atorvastatin) as prescribed by your doctor. Take it in the same amount as advised by your doctor. Do not alter the dose or take the drug for a longer duration as prescribed.
You can take this drug once in a day. You can take it with or without food.
Initial dose for prevention of CVS disease is 10 mg to 80 mg once a day orally.
Initial adult dose for hyperlipidemia is 10, 20 or 40 mg once a day orally. Maintenance dose is 10 to 80 mg once a day orally.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
If you are pregnant, you must discuss the potential side- effects of this drug with your doctor. The risks involved with the use of Lipitor (Atorvastatin) overweigh the potential benefits of the drug. You must tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to conceive during the course of treatment.
Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is contraindicated for use if you breastfeed. This drug can pass into the breast milk and cause harm to the nursing infant.
Lipitor is taken for reducing cholesterol and certain other fatty substances in the blood. Cholesterol and fatty substances, which accumulates on the artery walls, can decrease the flow of blood, which can cause a decrease in the supply of oxygen to the different organs like the heart and brain. Reducing cholesterol can prevent the risk of heart attack, stroke and angina.
Liptor comes in tablet form and is normally taken once a day. It can be taken either with or without food. Always take care to take the drug at the same time every day. Well, do not stop the drug without your doctor saying it.
No matter if a dose is missed. You can take it as soon as you remember it. And if it is time for the next dosage, leave the missed one. You should also not take a double dosage.
When taking Lipitor, use alcohol only in moderate levels. There is a high risk of damaging the liver if Lipitor and alcohol are taken at the same time. Do not take grape juice with Lipitor as it can also some cause side effects.