LIPITOR is very useful in treating high blood cholesterol and it works by reducing harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in the body.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take LIPITOR with a meal to avoid an upset stomach or without one.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
LIPITOR falls under statins drug class and it works by reducing harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in the body.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store LIPITOR at room temperature(read medicine label if unsure). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
An overdose of LIPITOR may have adverse effects that require immediate medical attention.
Doctors advise against using LIPITOR if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like a chronic muscular disease, require major surgery, or have a blood disorder.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Your condition might be monitored or the dosage might be modified to suit you if you have conditions like liver disease.
Doctors may prescribe certain laboratory tests to determine how you have responded to treatment and to gauge the severity of the side effects of LIPITOR. Please Keep all lab appointments and do not miss any tests.
Please inform your lab technician or surgeon that you are taking LIPITOR before you undergo any emergency surgical procedure including dental operations.
LIPITOR is in the FDA Category X that means it is known to cause difficulty during pregnancy.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then it is advised to not use LIPITOR.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using LIPITOR as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include gas, stomach pain or cramps, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, rash or itching, upset stomach.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like muscle pain, tenderness, muscle cramps or weakness with or without a fever.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.