Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium)
What is Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium) used for?
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Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium) is a statin medication prescribed to treat patients with high cholesterol. It operates by balancing liver enzymes to lower levels of bad cholesterol (low density lipoproteins) while raising levels of good cholesterol (high density lipoproteins). This action can prevent associated conditions such as potential heart attacks or the risk of a stroke. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium)?
Follow your physician's instructions for using Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium) to get the most effective results. Although one tablet is normally taken once daily, your particular dosage and frequency of administration will depend on the severity of your symptoms and your current health condition. Swallow the doses with a full glass of water. Never crush, chew, or split the tablets as this may destroy or change the effects of the contents. Ask your physician or pharmacist if you have any questions about using the medication to ensure the correct application.
What are the side effects of Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium)?
Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Tell your physician if any of these conditions become severe or if more serious side effects appear such as fatigue, confusion, increased thirst, faintness, severe diarrhea, discolored stools, or jaundice. These may require reduced dosages or other changes to your dosage to prevent further complications.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.