Lipitor

Generic: Atorvastatin Calcium Oral tablet, Lipitor 10mg Tablet, Lipitor 20mg Tablet, Lipitor 40mg Tablet
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Atorvastatin Calcium Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

ATORVASTATIN (a TORE va sta tin) is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. This drug may also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other health problems in patients with risk factors for heart disease. Diet and lifestyle changes are often used with this drug.

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How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Read More ›

Lipitor can be used to treat the following conditions:

  • hypertriglyceridemia
  • myocardial infarction prophylaxis
  • stroke prophylaxis

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 10 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

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What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • dark urine

  • fever

  • joint pain

  • muscle cramps, pain

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • heartburn

  • stomach gas, pain, upset

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What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol

  • antacids

  • birth control pills

  • certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, troleandomycin

  • cyclosporine

  • digoxin

  • diltiazem

  • fluconazole

  • grapefruit juice

  • imatinib, STI-571

  • ketoconazole

  • medicines for treating HIV infection

  • nefazodone

  • verapamil

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What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

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Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 to 25 degrees C (68 to 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • frequently drink alcoholic beverages

  • history of stroke, TIA

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • muscle aches or weakness

  • other medical condition

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to atorvastatin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check-ups. You may need regular tests to make sure your liver is working properly.

Tell your doctor or health care professional right away if you get any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever and tiredness.

This drug is only part of a total heart-health program. Your doctor or a dietician can suggest a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet to help. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule.

Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Serious side effects to an unborn child or to an infant are possible. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

If you are going to have surgery tell your health care professional that you are taking this drug.

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Who should not take Lipitor?

Check with your doctor if you have any of the following:

alcoholism, breast-feeding, children, cholestasis, electrolyte imbalance, endocrine disease, geriatric, hepatic disease, hepatic encephalopathy, hepatitis, hypertension, hypotension, infection, jaundice, myopathy, organ transplant, pregnancy, renal disease, renal failure, renal impairment, rhabdomyolysis, seizure disorder, sepsis, stroke, surgery, trauma

Generic: Atorvastatin Calcium Oral tablet, Lipitor 10mg Tablet, Lipitor 20mg Tablet, Lipitor 40mg Tablet, Lipitor 80mg Tablet

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