Lipitor( atorvastatin): Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

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Lipitor (atorvastatin) are the drugs called HMG coA reductase or statins. It can reduce the level low-density lipoprotein or LDL and triglycerides in the blood while increasing the good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein).

It mainly used to treat the high cholesterol, and lowers the risk of heart complications in the people with type-2 Diabetes.

Information about the Lipitor:

The women should not be taken if they are pregnant and breastfeeding, or if any liver diseases. In rare cases, it can cause breakdown of skeleton muscle tissue. The interaction may occur if the medications along with the Lipitor, in rare cases it can cause kidney failure; seek emergency treatment if you have to feel any fever, muscle pain, and a colored urine. Avoid eating foods which contain high fat.

 Dosage patterns of Lipitor:

Cardiovascular disease

Initial dose: it is about 10-20mg to be taken orally once in a day.

Maintenance dose: it is about 10-80mg to be taken orally once a day.

Use: it is mainly used in coronary heart disease

It is also used in type-2 diabetes

Hyperlipidemia:

Initial dose: it is about 10-20 to be taken orally once in a day.

Maintenance dose: it is about 10-80mg to be taken orally once in a day

Hypertriglyceridemia:

Initial dose: it is about 10-20mg to be taken orally once in a day.

Maintenance dose: it is about 10-80mg to be taken orally once a day.

Pediatric dose:

Hypercholesterolemia:

10-17: it is about 10mg to be taken orally once in a day

Maximum dose: it is about 20mg to be taken orally once a day

Lipitor Side effects:

Severity: major

Less common

  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Cough
  • Skin rash
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing
  • headache

Severity: minor

More common

  • Back pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Difficulty in urination

Less common:

  • Constipation
  • Back pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shivering
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody nose
  • Bloody urine
  • Increased body movements

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