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Lipitor Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Lipitor is a cholesterol-lowering drug. It is used to reduce blood cholesterol or triglyceride level. It works by helping to clear harmful low-density lipoprotein cholesterol out of the blood and by limiting the body's ability to form new LDL cholesterol. It is also used to reduce chances of having a heart attack or developing heart disease if you have high blood pressure, and a history of early heart disease.

Lipitor Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose is 10 or 20 milligrams once a day.
  • For children 10 to 17 years old, the usual starting dose is 10 milligrams once a day.

Uses of Lipitor

  • It is used to reduce blood cholesterol or triglyceride level.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Lipitor

Before taken Lipitor medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Lipitor. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Chest pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Flu symptoms
  • Gas
  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle aching or weakness
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Stomach pain

Warnings and precautions before taking Lipitor:

  • If you are taking this medication, then it may causes to liver damage. So your doctor may order a blood test to check your liver function before you start taking the drug.
  • This drugs like Lipitor may also cause to damage muscle tissue. So you should tell your doctor immediately if you notice any unexplained muscle tenderness, weakness, or pain, especially if you have a fever or feel sick.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Lipitor with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lipitor with the following:

  • Antacids such as Maalox TC Suspension
  • Clofibrate
  • Digoxin
  • Erythromycin
  • Fenofibrate
  • Gemfibrozil
  • Itraconazole
  • Ketoconazole
  • Niacin
  • Oral contraceptives
Overdose

Although no specific information about Lipitor overdose is available. But after taken Lipitor if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect.


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