Lipitor (Atorvastatin) works by blocking an enzyme that is needed by the body to make cholesterol, thereby reducing the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Lipitor is FDA approved to reduce the risk of heart attack & stroke!
Generic Lipitor may also be marketed as: Atorvastatin, Lipitor.
*Lipitor® is manufactured by Pfizer.
Generic Lipitor is used, along with a cholesterol-lowering diet, to help lower cholesterol and fats (triglycerides) in the blood. Reducing cholesterol and triglycerides helps prevent strokes and heart attacks. It belongs to the group of medicines called 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors.
Take this medication orally usually once daily with or without food; or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. It may take up to 2 weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Generic Lipitor: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking Generic Lipitor and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious Generic Lipitor side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
This medication is not recommended for use if you have the following medical conditions: liver problems.
Inform your doctor of your medical history, especially of: heart disease, eye problems (e.g., cataracts), thyroid problems, uncontrolled seizures, recent serious infection, recent major surgery, low blood pressure, alcohol use, and any allergies (especially to other "statin" drugs).
Daily use of alcohol may increase your chance for serious side effects. Limit alcoholic beverages. The elderly are advised to take caution when using this drug, because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
This medication must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. It is recommended that women of child-bearing age use effective birth control measures while taking this drug since atorvastatin may cause fetal harm. This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast- feeding.
Many drugs can interact with Generic Lipitor. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using: