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A 45-year-old female asked:

is it okay to take lipitor (atorvastatin) 40 mg and protonix 40 mg?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes, indeedy: There are no reported interactions.

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How long can I safely take lopressor and protonix (pantoprazole) and other hyperthyroid meds. Or should I have the surgery to remove?

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Depends: Protonix (pantoprazole) is a stomach med and has nothing to do with your thyroid. In fact, in older women chronic use of Protonix (pantoprazole) and similar drugs has been linked to increased incidence of bone fractures, so decide on that one. If you have hyperthyroidism, the options may be radioactive iodine ablation, surgery or taking anti hyperthyroid meds (tapazole, methyluracil). Your endocrinologist should advice you.
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What is a better cholesterol lowering medicine? Lipitor (atorvastatin) or simvastatin?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Lipitor (atorvastatin): Works better than Simvastatin for some people. Simvastatin controls cholesterol for many people though [watch out for maximum dose and possible interactions with your other drugs]. Good news: Lipitor is now available as atorvastatin, its generic form, so it's cheaper! remember about eating well and exercising too. Good question.
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A 43-year-old male asked:

What are the differences if any between Lipitor (atorvastatin) and crestor when it comes to treatment of high cholesterol?

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Dr. William Dailey
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Numerous differences: The full answer is a bit beyond the scope but in short Crestor is somewhat more potent. Lipitor (atorvastatin) has better evidence. Lipitor (atorvastatin) is now generic and soon should be less expensive. Crestor is somewhat less likely to cause muscle aches. Those are the main ones i discuss with my patients.
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I switched to lower price with no clinical negative effect.
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A 48-year-old male asked:

My doctor prefers pravastatin 80mg over Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20mg or simvastatin 40mg. Says it is safer but can't really tell me why. Anyone agree and if so, why?

2 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Drug interactions: Pravastatin is metabolized differently than Lipitor (atorvastatin) or simvastatin. It may reduce the risk of adverse effects caused by interactions with other medications metabolized in the liver. (lovastatin, simvastatin, or Atorvastatin are oxidized by cytochrome p450 3a4 [cyp3a4], which is inhibited by many drugs. Pravastatin or fluvastatin are not oxidized by cyp3a4).
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Cardiology 31 years experience
also doctors may have preference -- also it is important to keep the dose at the lowest effective thus it might be safer to use Simvastatin 20 mg versus Pravastatin 80 mg -
Feb 16, 2012
A 39-year-old member asked:

If I eat right and exercise, can I stop taking lisinopril and lipitor (atorvastatin)?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Ask your MD: Assuming you are taking your Lipitor (atorvastatin) for primary prevention(you have high cholesterol)and Lisinopril for htn, it may be possible.A healthful diet and exercise can eliminate some of the risk factors that predispose us to these conditions.Even if you can't get rid of the meds, these healthy practices will yield tremendous benefits.See some recent exercise updates at www.Whatscookingwithdoc.Com.

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