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USES: Atorvastatin is used to lower cholesterol and fats in the blood to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Atorvastatin is used to lower cholesterol and fats in the blood to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
- Your doctor may periodically perform lab tests during treatment to monitor your progress.
- For best results, exercise regularly and follow a doctor- approved, low-fat, low-cholesterol diet.
- Store at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (between 20 and 25 degrees C) away from moisture and heat.
- Do not store in the bathroom.
Lipitor in tablet form.
Lipitor (Parke-Davis) 20mg Qty. 30
- This medication may be taken with or without meals, usually once daily.
- It may take a few weeks to months before the full effects of this medication are noticed.
- Overall this medication is generally well tolerated.
- Diarrhea or constipation or stomach pain may occur.
- If these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor promptly.
- Unlikely but report muscle pain/tenderness/weakness, aches, or fever.
- Very unlikely but report yellowing of eyes or skin, vomiting, vision problems, chest pain or black stools.
- In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Before taking atorvastatin tell your doctor if you have liver disease, a severe infection, heart disease, thyroid problems, uncontrolled seizures, recent major surgery, low blood pressure, any allergies or any other medical problems.
- If this medication makes you dizzy or lightheaded, use caution driving or engaging in activities requiring alertness.
- Limit alcohol intake as this can damage the liver and cause increased side effects.
- Atorvastatin should not be used during pregnancy.
- If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.
- This drug may be excreted into breast milk.
- Because of the possible adverse effects to the infant, breast-feeding is not recommended.
- Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose.
- Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the doses.
- Tell your doctor of all over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including clofibrate, cyclosporine, erythromycin, gemfibrozil, niacin (nicotinic acid), azole antifungals (e.g., ketoconazole, itraconazole), antacids (e.g., Maalox, Mylanta), digoxin and birth control pills.
- Avoid grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor specifically instructs you otherwise.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
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