Lipitor

Lipitor is often prescribed to treat high cholesterol and high triglycerides. The medication is also used to help prevent cardiovascular disease. It belongs to a class of drugs known as statins, which block an enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. Lipitor has atorvastatin calcium as an active ingredient in it, which is a prescribed medication, used to treat a number of conditions related to heart disease. Lipitor is helpful in lowering cholesterol in people those who have high cholesterol. It is also successful in reducing triglycerides among those who have it in high amount. It is made by Pfizer. It works by blocking a particular enzyme, HMG-CoA reductase that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. This causes the liver to make less cholesterol.

How to Use Lipitor Drugs

In most cases, the recommended Lipitor dosage for patients who are just starting the medication is Lipitor 10 mg to 20 mg once a day; however, some people may start on Lipitor 40 mg once a day if their cholesterol is extremely high. The recommended Lipitor dosage for children ages 10 to 17 is begins at Lipitor 10 mg once a day; the maximum recommended dose for children is Lipitor 20 mg. Your healthcare provider may recommend that you have your cholesterol levels checked once again. If you have not reached your cholesterol goal at this time, your healthcare provider may choose to increase your Lipitor dosage. He or she may also decrease your Lipitor dosage if you experience side effects.

Cautions before Usage Lipitor Drugs

The cautions, which are to be followed with Lipitor, are as follows:

  • If you are an alcoholic or drink alcohol frequently, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to starting Lipitor. Alcohol can affect the way the liver works, indirectly affecting Lipitor.
  • Do not eat grapefruit, drink grapefruit juice, or take supplements containing grapefruit while taking Lipitor.
  • Make sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness or if you feel ill or have a fever.
  • People having liver disease should avoid taking Lipitor.
  • Patients suffering from Kidney Ailments should avoid Lipitor.
  • Pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers should take care before taking this medication or may consult their healthcare provider.

Lipitor Drugs Side Effects

The side effects, which may happen with Lipitor, are as follows:

  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Lack of appetite
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Sinusitis
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Unexplained Rashes
  • Sore throat
  • Weakness
  • Back Pain

Lipitor Drugs Reactions and Overdose

Some drugs that may interact negatively with Lipitor include birth control pills, fibrates, and fluconazole. Interactions also may occur with medications such as niacin and digoxin. If you are taking Lipitor, you may also be advised to avoid grapefruit juice or other grapefruit products.

Lipitor may also react with antibiotics like Erythromycin, Red Yeast Rice, and Niacin etc

Lipitor overdoses may cause frequent memory loss, so it is better to talk the healthcare provider before taking it.

 

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