Lipitor is a potent medicine with the brand name Atorvastatin. Lipitor is a 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A inhibitor that can also be called statins. Lipitor lowers in the blood the amount of harmful cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides. It also increases the amount of good cholesterol (HDL). Lipitor works effectively for the treatment of high cholesterol which results in the lowering of possible outcomes such as stroke, heart attacks or complications, coronary heart disease or genetically high cholesterol. Lipitor is a usable medicine for adults and children not less than 10 years of age.
Atorvastatin is a medicine that is in different strengths of 10mg, 20mg, 40mg, and 80 mg. Atorvastatin embodies the following composites:
· Calcium carbonate;
· Candelilla wax;
· Croscarmellose sodium;
· Hydroxypropyl cellulose;
· Lactose monohydrate;
· Magnesium stearate;
· Microcrystalline cellulose;
· Opadry White YS-1-7040;
· Polysorbate 80;
· Simethicone emulsion.
Atorvastatin as an effective medicine helps in reducing harmful cholesterol, and triglycerides, and increases good cholesterol. There is a reduction in the quantity of cholesterol made by the liver via the use of Lipitor. Lipitor potency in the blood lowers any possible outcome such as heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks. Ensure to take proper diet with the use of Atorvastatin and get involved in healthy and helpful lifestyles such as exercising, diet, and weight control
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
You are advised to strictly adhere to all given instructions by your doctor or those found on the prescription label. Your drug administration may be changed at times by your doctor for a better medical condition. You are expected not to take this medication more, less or longer than it is required. You are expected to take Lipitor tablets once daily. You may take it with or without a meal on a constant scheduled time each day. Avoid breaking a Lipitor tablet before intake. There is a need for urgent withdrawal for a while if you experience a convulsion, abnormal blood pressure, a terrible sickness, or if there is a need for surgery or you have a medical emergency. You may undergo regular blood test when you are under this medication. Symptoms improvement may be up to 14 days. If there is no improvement after the speculated weeks, ensure you may undergo a series of tests for drug effectiveness. Ensure you add healthy lifestyle treatment like exercise, diet and weight control to the use of this drug to stimulate its improvement.
Ensure you adhere to the following precautionary measures before using Lipitor:
· Patients who have an allergic reaction to Lipitor or those that have liver disease should avoid its use.
· Ensure you inform your doctor if you have/had the following illnesses :
o Liver problems;
o Kidney disease;
o A thyroid disorder.
· Ensure you inform your doctor about your alcohol intake per day.
· Children that are under the age of 10 years old are restricted from the use of Atorvastatin medicine.
Ensure you notify your doctor if you begin to experience any sign of an allergy to Atorvastatin. These may be the inflammation of the throat, lips face, or tongue; hives; difficulty in breathing or itching. The following some of the common side effects of Atorvastatin:
· Joint tenderness;
· Stuffy nose;
· Sore throat;
· Legs or arms tenderness.
In a situation whereby you forget to use your prescribed medicine, you can always take it at the moment of recollection. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking at once two doses that are supposed to be used at different times should be avoided.
Peradventure you take more than the prescribed doses, quickly see your doctor or call for emergency medical help.
Interaction with other drugs
Ensure you notify your doctor on the use of drugs that may result in serious muscle problems. The following medicines may lead to dangerous effects if used with Lipitor:
· Antifungal or antibiotic medicine;
· Birth control pills;
· Other cholesterol-lowering medication;
· Heart medication;
· HIV or AIDS medication.