Pfizer’s Lipitor (Atorvastatin) was discovered in 1985 by Bruce D. Roth, an American chemist.
Lipitor is a statin medication designed to lower cholesterol, in particular both triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels. Both of these types of cholesterol are the “bad” ones that block arteries. Additionally, Lipitor helps raise HDL cholesterol, which is the good cholesterol. It also has the potential to stabilize plaque and prevent strokes through its anti-inflammatory properties. Lipitor has also the potential to reduce a person’s chances of developing heart disease or having a stroke or heart attack.
Some patients may experience side effects when taking Lipitor. The most common side effects include diarrhea, joint pain, throat irritation, urinary tract infection and indigestion. In some cases, serious side effects may occur such as muscle problems, or liver or kidney failure. You should contact your physician immediately if your experience any of the following symptoms:
• skin or eyes turning yellow
• excessive tiredness or weakness
• pains in the upper portion of your stomach
• dark amber-colored urine
• loss of appetite
A physician may lower the dosage or discontinue your prescription if you’re experiencing problems while on Lipitor. Most of the side effects will go away once you stop the drug.
Not everyone can take Lipitor. You should inform your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing or may become pregnant. People with liver problems should not take Lipitor. Many drugs interact with this drug, so always tell a physician what medications you are on, especially if you are on niacin, nefazodone, colchicine and telaprevir. Make sure to inform a physician prescribing Lipitor if you take antifungals or antibiotics.