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Uses of Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
Lipitor belongs to a group of medications called “statins,” which lower cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. High cholesterol can cause a dangerous accumulation buildup of cholesterol and other fatty substances on the walls of your arteries. These deposits known as plaques can reduce the flow of blood through your arteries and increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Lipitor is most often prescribed for the treatment of high cholesterol, though it is not a cure for this condition. Atorvastatin, the active ingredient in Lipitor, works by reducing the production of “bad” LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol by the liver while simultaneously increasing “good” HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.
Lipitor medication comes in pill form, and should be taken orally. A prescription is required to buy Lipitor or the generic called Atorvastatin. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Conditions Treated by Lipitor
Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance that is found in every cell in your body. It helps to produce cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D, and bile acids that help you digest fat. However, high cholesterol can cause an unhealthy accumulation of fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Blockage of these blood vessels limits the amount of blood and oxygen that is carried to the heart and brain. In the heart this may result in chest pain known as angina or even a heart attack, while in the brain this may result in a stroke.
High cholesterol can be detected with a blood test, but does not have symptoms that will alert you to the condition. High cholesterol may be inherited, but is more often due to unhealthy life choices. Regular cholesterol testing is important, especially if any of the following applies to you: family history of high cholesterol; high blood pressure; diabetes; heart disease; obesity; poor diet, lack of exercise; smoking.
Lipitor can lower the risk for heart attack, stroke, certain types of heart surgery, and chest pain in patients who have heart disease or risk factors for heart disease, such as; age, smoking, high blood pressure, low HDL-C, and heart disease in the family.
Do You Need a Prescription to Buy Lipitor?
You will need a prescription from your doctor before you can buy Lipitor or Atorvastatin generic. Your doctor will assess your medical condition to determine whether Lipitor is a suitable medication for you. Once you have received a prescription from your doctor for the appropriate Lipitor dosage, you can buy discount Lipitor online at NorthWestPharmacy.com.
Before You Take Lipitor
Before receiving a prescription to buy Lipitor, you should inform your doctor of any medical conditions and allergies you have and provide a list of any Rx drugs and over-the-counter medications you take, including herbal preparations and dietary or vitamin supplements so it can be determined if Lipitor is safe for you to take.
You should not take Lipitor if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant. Atorvastatin may be harmful to an unborn baby. If you do become pregnant while taking Lipitor you should stop taking it and contact your doctor right away.
Tell your doctor if you notice unexplained muscle pain, fever, or dark colored urine while taking Lipitor or Atorvastatin generic, as this may signal a breakdown of skeletal muscular tissue.
Lipitor’s effectiveness can be negatively impacted if you drink alcohol or eat foods high in fat and cholesterol, so make sure to avoid these during your treatment. You should not start, stop, or change the Lipitor dosage or other medications without consulting with your doctor first.
Possible Lipitor Side Effects
Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
Confusion and memory loss
Dark colored urine
Lipitor (Atorvastatin) FAQs
Why do you take Lipitor at night or in the morning?
Depending on the particular medication and dosage, you may need to take your statin twice a day. Certain statins work better when taken with a meal. Others work best when they’re taken at night. This is because the cholesterol-making enzyme is more active at night.
Does Lipitor cause weight gain?
No, weight gain and hair loss are not side effects of Lipitor. But there may be a link between taking statin medications such as Lipitor and an increase in appetite. An older study showed that people taking statins consumed more calories and fat than people not taking such drugs.
Does Lipitor damage the liver?
Clinical studies revealed Lipitor can damage liver function, and the FDA has received rare post-marketing reports of both fatal and nonfatal liver failure. Other reported liver problems include jaundice, hepatitis, chronic liver damage and fatty changes to the liver.
Is taking Lipitor worth the risk?
For most people, the benefits of taking statins will far outweigh the risk. This is especially true if you have already had a heart attack or stroke, or you’re at high risk for them. We reviewed guidelines from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) published in 2018 and 2019.
How do I get off Lipitor?
Anyone who wants to stop taking a statin should talk to a doctor. In some cases, coming off these drugs can be dangerous. The doctor may suggest reducing the dosage, combining the statin with another cholesterol lowering drug, or switching to another drug entirely.
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