What is Lipitor?
Lipitor belongs to a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or statins. Atorvastatin reduces levels of bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).
What is Lipitor used for?
Lipitor is used to treat high cholesterol, and to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications in people with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors such as genetically high cholesterol.
Is consumption of Lipitor safe during pregnancy?
Lipitor can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop taking Lipitor and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are taking this medicine.
How to consume Lipitor?
Lipitor is usually taken once a day, with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not break a Lipitor tablet before taking it.
How long do you need to consume Lipitor?
It may take up to 2 weeks before your cholesterol levels improve, and you may need frequent blood test. Even if you have no symptoms, tests can help your doctor determine if Lipitor is effective.