Lipitor is an FDA-approved prescription medicine that belongs to a group of drugs called statins or HMG CoA reductase inhibitors. The main function of this medicine is to lower the cholesterol produced by the liver. It reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and the risks associated with them. This medication is usually prescribed to adults with high cholesterol or risk of high cholesterol.
Avoid Lipitor if you’re pregnant, planning to get pregnant, breastfeeding or have had an allergic reaction in the past.
In case you get pregnant, stop taking Lipitor right away and inform your doctor about the same.
This medicine might contain inactive ingredients that you might be allergic to, so speak with your pharmacist about it and consult your doctor if you have any allergies.
Before taking this medicine it is important to disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, especially for liver disease, kidney associated disorders or alcohol usage.
The medicine can have mild to severe side effects. Here is a list of some of the main side effects:
- Joint Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Pain in hand or/and feet
- Upper respiratory infections like cough and the common cold
The above mentioned are mild symptoms; to see more serious side effects refer to the list below. If you experience any of the below mentioned symptoms then call a medical professional, doctor or hospital immediately.
- Liver Damage, Symptoms may include:
- Swelling of ankles, legs and/ or stomach
- Dark coloured urine
- Lab tests show an increase in the levels of liver enzymes
- Muscle Discomfort, Symptoms may include:
- Muscle pain and/ or stiffness
- Rhabdomyolysis, Symptoms may include:
- Muscle breakdown
- Kidney failure
- Severe muscle pain
- Dark coloured urine
- Heart palpitation
- The feeling of exhaustion and confusion
- Memory problems
- Allergic Reaction, Symptoms might include:
- Swelling of tongue
- Swelling of lips or face
- Difficulty breathing
Your doctor will prescribe you this medication’s dosage based on the following factors:
- Type or severity of your condition
- Other medical conditions that you might have
- Other medications that you are consuming
- Family history of any diseases
Often doctors start off with minor dosages to see how your body responds to this drug, and over time they will adjust the dosage as per your body’s requirements.
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