Lipitor vs. Vytorin

How Should Lipitor Be Taken?

Take Lipitor exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change your dose or stop Lipitor without talking to your doctor. Your doctor may do blood tests to check your cholesterol levels during your treatment with Lipitor. Your dose of Lipitor may be changed based on these blood test results.

Take Lipitor each day at any time of day at about the same time each day. Lipitor can be taken with or without food.

Don't break Lipitor tablets before taking.

Your doctor should start you on a low-fat diet before giving you Lipitor. Stay on this low-fat diet when you take Lipitor.

If you miss a dose of Lipitor, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take Lipitor if it has been more than 12 hours since you missed your last dose. Wait and take the next dose at your regular time.

Do not take 2 doses of Lipitor at the same time.

If you take too much Lipitor or overdose, call your doctor or Poison Control Center right away. Or go to the nearest emergency room.

How Should Vytorin Be Taken?

Vytorin is administered in oral tablet form in the evenings once per day. Numerous other drugs may interact with Vytorin. Vytorin should not be combined with drugs that decrease its elimination, such as erythromycin, ketoconazole, itraconazole, and clarithromycin. Vytorin should not be taken by pregnant women or nursing mothers.

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References

Lipitor Prescribing Information.
http://labeling.pfizer.com/ShowLabeling.aspx?id=587
Merck. Vytorin Prescribing Information.
https://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/v/vytorin/vytorin_pi.pdf

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