Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is a drug developed by Pfizer in 1985 under the lead of Bruce D. Roth, an American chemist.
What Is LIPITOR Used For?
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. This drug has also the potential to reduce a patient’s chances of developing heart disease or heart attack.
LIPITOR – Side Effects
Some patients may experience side effects when taking this drug. Some of the most common side effects include diarrhea, joint pain, throat irritation, urinary tract infection, and indigestion. In some cases, more serious side effects may occur such as muscle problems, or liver or kidney failure. You should contact your physician immediately if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
• your skin or eyes are turning yellow
• an excessive tiredness or weakness
• a pain in the upper portion of your stomach
• a dark amber-colored urine
• a sudden loss of appetite
A physician may lower the dosage or discontinue your prescription if you are experiencing problems while on Lipitor. Most of the side effects of this drug will go away once you no longer take the drug.
LIPITOR – Contraindications
Not everyone can take this drug. You should inform your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing or may become pregnant. Additionally people with liver problems should not take it either. Many drugs may interact with it, 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.