Lipitor Review

Lipitor ReviewLipitor, also known by its generic drug name Atrovastin, is an FDA approved cholesterol medication prescribed to help people lower high cholesterol levels. It is often the choice for people who have high cholesterol that places the individual at greater risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, or other heart conditions. 

How It Works 

The active ingredient in Lipitor is the drug atorvastatin. It belongs to a group of medications known as “statins.” It is used along side a proper diet to help lower “bad” cholesterol and fats, such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, etc. and to raise “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

It works by lowering the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. By lowering “bad” cholesterol and raising “good” cholesterol, this reduces the risk of heart disease and helps to prevent strokes and heart attacks.

Lipitor Isn’t for Everyone

Before taking Lipitor, there are several things that your doctor should know about you. Inform your doctor if you:

  • Are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications or supplements (even simple nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, or herbal supplements)
  • Have any medical conditions, especially if they include diabetes, kidney disease, an underactive thyroid, any history of liver disease, or any muscular disorders.
  • Are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, as well as if you are breast feeding.

Lipitor is not appropriate for anyone younger than 10 years old.

Common Side Effects

As with all cholesterol-lowering medication, Lipitor does have some side effects of which users should become aware before taking the drug. The more common and less serious side effects include:

  • Stomach upset
  • Pain
  • Nausea to a mild degree
  • Mild heartburn
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Itching
  • Skin rash
  • Stuffy nose
  • Mild headache

Although less common, should an allergic reaction occur (which is different from side effects), emergency medical assistance should be sought immediately. Common signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Hives
  • Skin rash
  • Swelling in the tongue, face, or throat
  • Difficulty breathing

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, contact your doctor immediately and discontinue use of the drug: flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness, loss of appetite, dark urine, low fever, nausea, pain in the stomach, clay-colored stools or jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes, or the skin). 

Take this Medication Exactly as it has Been Prescribed

Lipitor should always be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor and indicated on the bottle, as altering the dose can be harmful to a person’s health.

Regular blood tests are also a necessity when taking Lipitor not only to make sure that it is working as it should to reduce bad cholesterol levels, but also to make sure that it isn’t causing the body any harm.

For example, in quite rare circumstances, Lipitor has been known to cause a health condition that causes skeletal muscle tissues to break down and then cause a serious risk of kidney failure. A doctor should be contacted immediately if the following symptoms are noticed: dark colored urine, fever of flu symptoms, or weakness, pain, or tenderness of the muscles that is unexplained. 

More Than Just Taking a Pill

To properly benefit from the use of Lipitor, the prescribing doctor should also recommend a healthy lifestyle of a nutritious, portion-controlled diet, adequate exercise, and efforts to achieve or maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). Lipitor is considered to be safe for use in the long-term in order to maintain proper cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.

Remember, Lipitor isn’t for everyone. If you think that this medication could be the right choice for you, speak with your healthcare provider and be open and honest about your past and current medical history and your present lifestyle and diet.

Finally, should you be prescribed this medication, remember to take it as it has been prescribed. If you believe that your dose should be altered (less or more) consult with your doctor, do not make changes as this could increase the risk of negative side effects or cause the drug not to work as effectively as it is meant to.

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