Lipitor medication is a HMG CoA reductase inhibitor or a statin medication used to lessen the levels of LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides in blood. Besides, the medication possesses the quality to increase the levels of HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein).
Lipitor active component atorvastatin is used to treat high cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke or heart failure in patients with diabetes of the second type, coronary heart disease.
The medication is prescribed for adults and also has pediatric usage in children older 10 years.
Before taking Lipitor it is necessary to consult your doctor and tell him all other conditions you have including: diabetes, a thyroid disorder, liver or kidney disease, muscle pain of different character, or if you use more than two beverages a day. Besides it is necessary to inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
To maintain the effectiveness of the treatment with Lipitor, you should keep a special low fat and cholesterol diet, avoid drinking alcohol which can provoke liver damage if used combined with Lipitor. The medication will be effective if you follow special health program including low fat diet, regular exercises and weight control.
Inform your doctor about other medication you use for other conditions. There are lots of drugs interacting with Lipitor including prescription medications, vitamins, herbs and others.
Lipitor is used as prescribed by your doctor. Lipitor tablet is taken once a day regardless from food intake.
Lipitor is generally well tolerated, but it may cause side effects. Be attentive to your condition of health while taking this medication. Ask your doctor about possible side effects of this drug.