Lipitor is used with diet changes
(restriction of cholesterol and fat intake)
to reduce the amount of cholesterol
and certain fatty substances in your blood. Accumulation
of cholesterol and fats
along the walls of your arteries (a process known as atherosclerosis)
decreases blood flow and, therefore, the oxygen supply to
your heart, brain, and other parts of your body. Lowering
your blood level of cholesterol and fats may help to prevent
heart disease, angina (Chest pain), strokes, and heart attacks.
Lipitor comes as a tablet to take by
mouth. It is usually taken once a day with or without food.
To help you remember to take Lipitor, take
it around the same time every day. Your doctor may start
you on a low dose of Lipitor and gradually
increase your dose. Continue to take Lipitor
even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Lipitor
without talking to your doctor. Eat a low-cholesterol,
Do not take Lipitor without first talking
to your doctor if you have liver disease. Before taking
Lipitor, tell your doctor if you have a
chronic muscular disease, require major surgery, or have
a blood disorder. You may not be able to take Lipitor,
or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring
during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed
above. Lipitor is in the FDA pregnancy
category X. This means that Lipitor is
known to cause birth defects if it is taken during
pregnancy. Do not take Lipitor
if you are pregnant or could become pregnant
during treatment. It is not known whether Lipitor
passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without
first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Possible Side Effects
Although side effects from Lipitor
are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any
of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: -gas
-stomach pain or cramps -diarrhea -constipation -heartburn
-headache -blurred vision -dizziness -rash or itching -upset
stomach If you experience any of the following
symptoms, call your doctor immediately: -muscle
pain -tenderness -muscle cramps or weakness with or without
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.
The symptoms of an Lipitor overdose are
Alcohol and Lipitor can both be damaging
to the liver. Alcohol should be used only in moderation.
Discuss the use of alcohol with your doctor so that the
potential for liver problems can be determined. Grapefruit
and grapefruit juice may interact with Lipitor.
The interaction could lead to potentially dangerous effects.
Discuss the use of grapefruit and grapefruit juice with
your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit
products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.
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