Lipitor is used to treat high cholesterol, and to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications in people with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors.
Lipitor is often prescribed alongside exercise and diet to help prevent heart complications.
Liptor may also be prescribed for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before you take Lipitor...
You should not take Lipitor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have liver disease.
Before taking Liptor, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver or kidney disease, diabetes, a thyroid disorder, or if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.
Dosages of Lipitor varies by patient. Use Lipitor exactly as prescribed by your doctor and/or the directions on your prescription label.
Lipitor is usually taken once a day, with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day.
If you miss a dose of Lipitor, take the dose as soon as you remember. If you are more than 12 hours late, skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Lipitor will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
Avoid the use of alcohol or grapefruit products when using Lipitor.
If you suspect you may have overdosed on Lipitor, or are having an allergic reaction the medication, seek medical attention immediately.
Common side effects include:
-stuffy nose, sore throat
-pain in your arms or legs
Serious side effects include:
-pain or burning when you urinate;
-liver problems (upper stomach pain, weakness, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice)
-kidney problems (little or no urinating, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath)
This is not a complete list of all side effects. If you experience serious side effects, contact a doctor or your nearest hospital immediately.
There are drugs that interact with Lipitor. You should tell your doctor about all of the medications you use, including prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements and herbal products, and over the counter medications. You should always tell your doctor before you start taking new medication.