Lipitor is FDA-approved drug used along with a low-fat diet and exercise to help reduce the potential risk of stroke, certain types of heart surgery, heart attack, chest pain among individuals with common risk factors of low good cholesterol, age, high blood pressure, smoking, low HDL, family record of early heart disease. Even though Lipitor is not for everyone, it has been successfully showed its effectiveness in lowering high cholesterol especially triglycerides and bad cholesterol of LDL in the blood. It can also increase good cholesterol (HDL-C).
Lipitor is currently backed by over 400 ongoing research or completed clinical studies as well as 17-year of extensive research. Lipitor is a prescription drug that has been proven to reduce the risk of stroke or heart disease in patients with diabetes with several common risk factors including high blood pressure, kidney problems, diabetic eye or smoking.
Normally, your doctor will ask you to do blood tests to examine the functionality of your liver before and/or during treatment of Lipitor. From time to time, they may help you adjust the dose to minimize its risk.
Before Taking Lipitor, What Should You Concern Yourself About?
Before you start Lipitor, tell your doctor about all the drugs you take, including traditional herbs, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter drugs, as well as other prescribed and non-prescribed drugs or natural remedies you are planning or going to take, so that your doctor can decide whether you should take Lipitor or not. Additionally, this info is useful to help avoid any unexpected drug interactions.
Tell your doctor if you are experiencing muscle cramps or pain, or weakness. You should also tell your doctor if you have a thyroid problem, diabetes or kidney problems, or if you drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day. Also tell your doctor if you have other chronic medical condition so that your doctor will tell you whether Lipitor is a right choice for you.
Lipitor can be taken either with or without food at any time of a day. However in a case that you miss a dose for more than 12 hours, then you have to take the next dose at your regular time. You cannot take two doses of Lipitor in the same day. If you aware that you have taken too much of Lipitor or you’ve overdosed this medication in a day, do not hesitate to call emergency room or your localized poisonous department in a hospital immediately. The best is to follow your doctor’s advice on the intake of Lipitor particularly on the matters of when to take it and how much you should take daily and you must take it as prescribed by your doctor.
Do not break the tablet of Lipitor but take it along with heart-healthy foods. Prior to talking to your doctor, do not stop or change your dose of Lipitor with your own desire. Take initiative not to start any new drugs without first obtaining approval from your doctor. Also, you are strictly prohibited to give Lipitor to other person who has a condition of high cholesterol as this act may harm or aggravate their existing health condition.
If you have liver problems, or allergic to ingredients found in Lipitor, you are advised not to take Lipitor. Tell your doctor if are planning to become pregnant or you are pregnant, as Lipitor may harm your unborn baby. Call your doctor right away and stop Lipitor if you become pregnant. Lipitor is also not suitable for women who are nursing because it may pass into breast milk and may harm the baby.
What are the Possible Side Effects of Lipitor?
The serious side effects with Lipitor in a small number of individuals may include:
Liver problems: Often, your doctor may get you to do blood tests to examine the condition of your liver before you begin taking Lipitor or while you are taking this medication.
Muscle problems: Muscle problems are medical conditions that cannot be ignored as they may lead to kidney related problems including kidney failure. You must not take Lipitor together with other drugs as your chance of getting muscle problems is higher than those who do not take Lipitor.
If you’re experiencing any of these medical conditions listed below after taking Lipitor, please call your doctor right away!
Allergic reactions: If you have an allergic reaction such as swelling in your lips, throat, tongue, and/or face that may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, call your doctor right away! Do not hesitate to call a doctor or disregard these allergic reactions as they may cause severe pain, an unexpected medical condition or even be life-threatening.
Dark or brown-colored urine
Unexplainable muscle pain and weakness: Caution must be exercised particularly in a situation that you feel very tired or you have a fever.
Feeling extremely tired than usual
Allergic skin reactions
The white of your eyes or your skin turn yellow
Stomach pain, nausea and/or vomiting
Note: These are only some of the commonly seen side effects with Lipitor, so you should discuss further with your pharmacist, health provider or doctor in regards to all the possible side effects that you will have to experience after taking Lipitor. Also, tell your doctor if you have any side effects listed and not listed here or that symptom that hardly goes away two days or more, or Lipitor triggers any symptom that may threaten your health.
The most common side effects of Lipitor include joint pain, stomach upset, muscle pain, changes in some blood tests and diarrhea. Tell your doctor about any of these symptoms you are experiencing right away!
Information contained herein is for educational purpose only and does not intend to substitute for any medical treatment, diagnosis or advice. In any medical symptoms or emergency or any acute situation arising from using Lipitor, you are advised to consult a registered and qualified doctor immediately for a further diagnosis and advice.
You are encouraged to report any side effects of prescription medications to the FDA by either calling 1-800-FDA-1088 or by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch.
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