Tablets: 10 milligrams,
Tablets: 20 milligrams,
Tablets: 40 milligrams.
Lipitor is prescribed for the treatment of highcholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Lipitor is a cholesterol-lowering drug. Your doctor may prescribe it along with a special diet if your blood cholesterol or triglyceride level is high and you have been unable to lower your readings by diet alone. The drug works by helping to clear harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol out of the blood and by limiting the body's ability to form new LDL cholesterol.
Your doctor may prescribe Lipitor to reduce your chances of having a heart attack or developing heart disease if you have any of the following risk factors:
- Have Low Levels Of Hdl (High-Density Lipoprotein--The Good Cholesterol);
- Have High Blood Pressure;
- Have A Family History Of Early Heart Disease;
- Are Age 55 Years Or Older;
For people at high risk of heart disease, the doctor may suggest a cholesterol-lowering medication if LDL readings are 130 or more. For those at low risk, a medication is considered at readings of 190 or more.
Lipitor is prescribed once daily. Starting doses are 10-40 milligrams. daily. It may be taken with or without food and at any time of day.
You need to follow a standard cholesterol-lowering diet before starting Lipitor, and should continue following it throughout your therapy.
The recommended starting dose is 10 or 20 mg once a day. (The doctor may start with 40 mg daily if your LDL levels need to be reduced by more than 45 percent.) The doctor will check your cholesterol levels every 2 to 4 weeks and adjust the dose accordingly. The maximum recommended daily dose is 80 mg.
CHILDREN 10 to 17 YEARS OLD
The recommended starting dose is 10 mg once a day. The dosage may be increased after 4 weeks, as determined by the doctor, up to a maximum of 20 mg a day. Girls must be having regular menstrual cycles before starting therapy with Lipitor.
The safety and effectiveness of Lipitor in children under 10 years old or in doses greater than 20 mg a day have not been studied.
Lipitor is generally well-tolerated, and side effects are rare.
Minor side effects include:
Lipitor should be prescribed with caution in patients with alcohol or other liver diseases.
Lipitor side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Urinary Tract Infection;
- Stomach Pain;
- Muscle Aching Or Weakness;
- Joint Pain;
- Inflammation Of Sinus And Nasal Passages;
- Fluid Retention;
- Flu Symptoms;
- Chest Pain;
- Back Pain;
- Allergic Reaction;
- Accidental Injury;
- Abnormal Heartbeat;
- Abdominal Pain;