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Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is used together with diet to lower blood levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL), to increase levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL), and to lower triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood). Lipitor belongs to a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Lipitor 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 such as genetically high cholesterol. Lipitor is for use in adults and children who are at least 10 years old. Atorvastatin (Generic) is also available in addition to the Brand name Lipitor.
Take Lipitor exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Lipitor is only part of a complete treatment program that may also include diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your doctor's instructions very closely.
Q: Why is Lipitor prescribed?
A: Lipitor is used to treat high cholesterol, and to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications in many kinds of patients
Q: Does Lipitor have a generic alternative?
A: Yes, Atorvastatin (Generic) is available for purchase.
Q: How long until I see the results of Lipitor?
A: It may take up to 2 weeks before your cholesterol levels improve
Q: What if I miss a dose of Lipitor?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is less than 12 hours until your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Q: How should I store this medication?
A: Lipitor should be stored at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.