Lipitor Faq: Frequently asked questions about Lipitor

What is Lipitor?

Lipitor is a prescription drug used along with diet to lower cholesterol. Lipitor is the #1 prescribed drug in one of the most widely prescribed classes of cholesterol-lowering medications, called statins. Lipitor along with diet can lower your total cholesterol 29% to 45% (average effect depending on dose). Lipitor is also shown to lower your “bad” or LDL cholesterol 39% to 60% (average effect depending on dose).

Is Lipitor safe to use to lower cholesterol?

Lipitor is generally well tolerated. Like all medicines, Lipitor may cause side effects in some people. If you are prescribed Lipitor, be sure to alert your doctor as soon as possible if you have any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness.
The side effects reported most often are gas, stomach pain, indigestion and constipation. These side effects are usually mild and tend to go away.

When is the best time to take Lipitor?

Lipitor is taken once a day. It can be taken with or without food, day or night. It’s helpful to remember to try and take Lipitor at about the same time every day.

Do I need to take Lipitor with food?

Lipitor can be taken with or without food.

Does Lipitor have any side effects?

If you are taking Lipitor, be sure to alert your doctor as soon as possible if you have any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness. Lipitor is generally well tolerated. The side effects reported most often are gas, stomach pain, indigestion, and constipation. These side effects are usually mild and temporary.

What can I do to help me take my cholesterol-lowering medicine as prescribed?

One way to better stay on your medication is to understand what you are taking and why. Ask your physician or pharmacist if there are written instructions to go with your prescription. Try to take your medicine at the same time every day.

What if people close to me (family, significant others) think I don’t need to take cholesterol-lowering medicine?

First, explain why your doctor has prescribed medication as part of your cholesterol-lowering plan. Then, consider taking your family member (or significant other) with you to your doctor to discuss the importance of treating your high cholesterol.

Can Lipitor be prescribed for children with high cholesterol?

A doctor may prescribe Lipitor to children older than 10 years of age if changes in diet and exercise have not had the desired effect. Only a doctor can tell if Lipitor is needed to treat high cholesterol.
Pediatric patients treated with Lipitor had an adverse experience profile generally similar to that of patients treated with placebo, the most common adverse experiences observed in both groups, regardless of causality assessment, were infection.
Doses greater than 20 mg have not been studied in this patient population.
Lipitor has not been studied in controlled clinical trials involving pre-pubertal patients younger than 10 years of age.

Is Lipitor the right cholesterol-lowering medicine for me?

Remember that only your doctor can properly determine if you need medication to help treat your high cholesterol. If you do, why not ask your doctor if Lipitor is right for you. Lipitor is the #1 prescribed drug to lower high cholesterol, prescribed to more than 18 million Americans.
Lipitor is generally well-tolerated. The side effects reported most often are gas, stomach pain, indigestion, and constipation. These side effects are usually mild and temporary. If you are taking Lipitor and have any unusual muscle pain or weakness, tell your doctor immediately

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