Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium)
What is Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium) used for?
Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium) is given to patients to help reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks in patients who are at a higher risk of this occurring. This medication is usually given together with a diet plan and exercise routine. It belongs to a class of drugs called MG-CoA reductase inhibitors, which work by helping to lower levels of bad cholesterol, such as LDL, and triglycerides. It also helps to increase the amount of good cholesterol, also known as HDL in the blood, thereby helping to stop bad cholesterol from building up in the blood vessels.
How should I use Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium)?
Patients should take Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium) tablets orally. The tablets may be taken with or without food. You may be directed to take it once daily, and you should take these tablets at the same time every day. Patients should note that the exact amount required varies for each patient, depending on the severity of the condition being treated. You should never take this medication without first consulting your physician so that the correct dosage can be prescribed.
What are the side effects of Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium)?
Patients may experience some side effects when taking Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium), such as:
This drug may also cause other side effects to occur. You should consult your physician immediately if you notice tiredness, weight gain, signs of fever, pain in the stomach or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Under no circumstances should this medication be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.