"Nov. 29, 2011 -- The cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor -- the best-selling prescription drug in world history -- will be available as a generic drug beginning Nov. 30.
Lipitor's generic name is atorvastatin. Two generic drugmakers, Ra"...
Lipitor Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Lipitor
Generic Name: atorvastatin (Pronunciation: a TOR va sta tin)
- What is atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
- What are the possible side effects of atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
- What is the most important information I should know about atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
- How should I take atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Lipitor)?
- What happens if I overdose (Lipitor)?
- What should I avoid while taking atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
- What other drugs will affect atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
Atorvastatin is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Atorvastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).
Atorvastatin is used to treat high cholesterol, and to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications in people with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors.
Atorvastatin is used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old.
Atorvastatin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Lipitor 10 mg
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Lipitor 20 mg
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Lipitor 40 mg
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Lipitor 80 mg
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What are the possible side effects of atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking atorvastatin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness;
- confusion, memory problems;
- fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine;
- swelling, weight gain, urinating less than usual or not at all;
- increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss; or
- nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild muscle pain;
- diarrhea; or
- mild nausea.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
You should not take atorvastatin if you are allergic to it, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have liver disease.
Stop taking this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
Before taking atorvastatin, tell your doctor if you have a thyroid disorder, muscle pain or weakness, a history of liver or kidney disease, or if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.
In rare cases, atorvastatin can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Atorvastatin will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.
There are many other drugs that can increase your risk of serious medical problems if you take them together with atorvastatin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Atorvastatin is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.
Additional Lipitor Information
- Lipitor Drug Interactions Center: atorvastatin oral
- Lipitor Side Effects Center
- Lipitor Overview including Precautions
- Lipitor FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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