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Lipitor is used for:
Lowering high cholesterol and triglycerides in certain patients. It also increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL, "good") cholesterol levels. It is used along with an appropriate diet. It is used in certain patients to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, chest pain caused by angina, or blood vessel blockage. It is also used in certain patients to reduce the risk of hospitalization for congestive heart failure, or the need for medical procedures to open blocked heart blood vessels. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Lipitor is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, also known as a "statin."
It works by reducing the production of certain fatty substances in the body, including cholesterol.
you are allergic to any
ingredient in Lipitor
you have liver problems or unexplained abnormal liver function tests
you are pregnant or breast-feeding
you are taking an HIV protease inhibitor (eg, ritonavir), itraconazole, or mibefradil
Do NOT use Lipitor if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Lipitor :
Some medical conditions may interact with Lipitor . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
if you are planning to become pregnant
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have low blood pressure, a serious infection, or a history of seizures
if you have
metabolism, hormonal, or electrolyte problems
if you drink alcohol or have a history of liver problems or alcohol abuse
if you have recently had major surgery, a serious injury, or a stroke
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Lipitor . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
Amiodarone, azole antifungals (eg, itraconazole, ketoconazole), colchicine, diltiazem, fibrates (eg, gemfibrozil, clofibrate), fluconazole, HIV protease inhibitors (eg, ritonavir), imatinib, immunosuppressants (eg, cyclosporine), macrolides (eg, erythromycin), mibefradil, nefazodone, niacin, non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (eg, delavirdine), streptogramins (eg, dalfopristin), telithromycin, vasopressin receptor antagonists
(eg, conivaptan), verapamil, or voriconazole because they may increase the risk of muscle or kidney problems
Bosentan, carbamazepine, rifampin, or St. John's wort because they may decrease Lipitor 's effectiveness
Digoxin, hormonal birth control (eg, birth control pills), macrolide immunosuppressants (eg, tacrolimus), or spironolactone because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Lipitor
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Lipitor may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Lipitor :
Use Lipitor as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Take Lipitor by mouth with or without food.
Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice at the
same time you take Lipitor . Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may increase the risk of side effects from Lipitor . Talk to your doctor before including grapefruit or grapefruit juice in your diet while taking Lipitor .
Continue to take Lipitor even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
If you miss a dose of Lipitor , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Lipitor .
Lipitor may cause dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Lipitor with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Drinking alcohol daily or in large amounts may increase the risk of
liver problems with Lipitor . Check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while you are taking Lipitor .
Follow the diet and exercise program given to you by your health care provider.
Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Lipitor before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
Women who may become pregnant should use effective birth control while taking Lipitor . Check with your doctor if you have questions about using birth control.
Report any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness to your doctor right away, especially if you also have a fever or general body discomfort.
Lab tests, including blood cholesterol levels and liver function tests, may be performed while you use Lipitor . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
medicine should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 10 years old and in those who have not reached puberty; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Lipitor if you are pregnant. It may cause harm to the fetus. Avoid becoming pregnant while you are taking it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if Lipitor is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Lipitor .
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