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To aid in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks, Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is prescribed to patients to help lower cholesterol and other fats in the blood. In addition to taking Lipitor (Atorvastatin), you may be advised of the following: Exercise, eat a proper diet and monitor weight. 

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You will find information about Lipitor, one of the most popular and most prescribed cholesterol meds. You'll also learn information about Lipitor generic options, side effects and more.

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Lipitor (Atorvastatin) Medication Information

Uses

Lipitor contains the active ingredient (atorvastatin), a “statin” medication used to treat high cholesterol.  Lipitor is a prescription drug for adults and children (over ten years old) whose cholesterol does not come down enough with exercise and eating a healthy diet.

Lipitor can affect several types of cholesterol that circulate in the blood.  Lipitor can:

  • Lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol)
  • Lower triglycerides
  • Raise HDL (“good” cholesterol)

Lipitor can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, chest pain, and certain heart surgeries in people who have heart disease or risk of heart disease.

This medication can also lower the chances of heart attack or stroke in people with diabetes and other risk factors such as high blood pressure or smoking.  

Dosage

Lipitor (atorvastatin) is an oral tablet that comes in four strengths: 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg, and 80 mg.

Lipitor is usually prescribed once daily and can be taken with or without food.

Your doctor will decide the dosage that is best for you.

Precautions

Lipitor may not be safe for people with the following medical history or conditions:

  • Liver disease
  • Pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Muscle problems
  • Drink more than two alcoholic beverages daily
  • Thyroid problems
  • Kidney problems
  • History of an allergic reaction to Lipitor (atorvastatin)

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Lipitor are mild, but severe side effects are also possible. 

Common side effects may include:

  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Changes in laboratory blood tests including increased liver enzyme levels 

Serious side effects can rarely occur, such as:

  • Rhabdomyolysis. Let your doctor know if you have any new muscle pain or weakness. Very rarely, this could be a sign of a more severe side effect, rhabdomyolysis, which can lead to kidney damage.
  • Liver problems.  Your doctor will check your liver’s health with a blood test before you start Lipitor.  You’ll repeat this test every 6 to 12 months to make sure your liver stays healthy.

Your doctor will only prescribe Lipitor if the benefits for your health outweigh the risks of serious side effects.  Talk to your doctor if you have side effects that bother you or won’t go away.

Interactions

Some potentially harmful interactions can happen with Lipitor.  Some examples include:

  • Clarithromycin
  • Itraconazole
  • Grapefruit and grapefruit juice
  • Some HIV medications

Talk with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any other medications or herbal supplements with Lipitor.

Storage

Store Lipitor at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C).

Lipitor FAQs

How long does Lipitor take to start working?

Lipitor takes about two weeks to start working.  About a month after you start Lipitor, your doctor will order a blood test to check your cholesterol levels.  Depending on your results, your doctor may raise your dose to find the best dosage for you. 

 

Is there a best time of day to take Lipitor?

No.  Some stations work better in the evening, such as simvastatin.  The newer statins, Lipitor and Crestor, are just as effective if they are taken in the morning or evening.  The best time of day for Lipitor is the time that you’ll be able to take it consistently.

 

I’m worried about muscle side effects with statins.  Why should I take Lipitor?

You should take Lipitor to reduce your chance of having a heart attack or stroke.  Over time, high levels of LDL (“bad” cholesterol) can cause a thick, waxy build-up in your blood vessels.  This causes the blood vessels to narrow, increasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke.  Lipitor can help lower cholesterol and reduce these risks.  

You have a higher chance of muscle problems if you take certain medications that interact with Lipitor.  Talk with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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References

  1. Lipitor Prescribing Information.  New York, NY: Pfizer; 2020. http://labeling.pfizer.com/ShowLabeling.aspx?id=587  Accessed November 23, 2020.
  2. Ibrahim M, Asuka E, Jialal I. Hypercholesterolemia. Treasure Island, FL: StatPearls Publishing; 2020. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK459188/ Accessed November 23, 2020.
  3. Leaf, David. Class Act: Do Statins Always Have to Be Taken in the Evening? https://www.clinicalcorrelations.org/2008/01/10/class-act-morning-versus-evening-administration-of-statins/  Accessed November 23, 2020.

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Author: Dr. Patricia Weiser, PharmD

Patricia Weiser, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist and medical writer.  She has clinical experience in community and hospital pharmacy.  Patricia is a 2007 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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