Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium) and/or alternatives
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General Information on Lipitor
Lipitor is specifically recommended to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL or low-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides in the blood. It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver. The drug also works to increase the levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL or high-density lipoprotein). Lipitor belongs to a family of drugs called “statins” or HMG CoA reductase inhibitors. The generic name of the drug is Atorvastatin, and it is useful in the treatment of high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, and heart complications in people with Type 2 diabetes. The drug also lowers the risk of strokes and can be used for the treatment of adults and children above 10 years of age. The drug can help if you want to lower your bad cholesterol but it is important to consult your doctor before you buy Lipitor.
Lipitor Side Effects
Many people who take Lipitor do not complain about side effects, but the possibility of side effects cannot be completely ruled out. Some of the common side effects that you can experience after taking Lipitor are stomach pain, headache, constipation, and weakness. You should immediately inform your doctor if any of the side effects persist for a long time or become bothersome. The drug may also cause allergic reactions that include swelling of the mouth, lips, face or tongue, breathing problem, rash, itching, hives, and tightness in the chest. Some people may also experience muscle pain, persistent sore throat, fever, chills, frequent urination, and yellowing of the skin or eyes. Allergic reactions due to the drug can become severe in the absence of medical attention. Thus, it is necessary that you inform your doctor immediately if you observe or experience any allergic reactions after taking the recommended dosage of Lipitor.
Your doctor should have detailed knowledge about your medical condition before they prescribe Lipitor. You should inform your doctor if you have any allergies, diabetes, thyroid problems, kidney problems, muscle aches, or consume more than 2 glasses of alcohol on a daily basis. You should buy Lipitor only after your doctor prescribes it.
The dosage of Lipitor is generally recommended by a doctor who determines LDL levels in the patient’s blood. Patients with high LDL may require a large dose, such as a dosage of 40mg Lipitor once a day. The dosage range changes from person to person as it depends on individual LDL levels. Your doctor may recommend a dosage in the range of 10 to 80 mg once a day after determining your LDL levels. The dosage of Lipitor is changed as the levels of LDL decrease. The doctor may change your dosage every 2-4 weeks after checking the LDL levels in your blood.
Lipitor may react with other medications and cause severe side effects. As such, it is important that you inform you doctor about the different medications you take, such as prescription medicines, non-prescription medicines (over the counter medicines) and herbal medicines or supplements. You should inform you doctor if you take medicines for birth control, heart failure, cholesterol, infections, immune system, or AIDS. Women should inform their doctor about their pregnancy or if they are breastfeeding before they are asked to take Lipitor.
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