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Can I cut dosage of lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Can I cut dosage of lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Cholesterol meds: The dosage of your cholesterol medication is based on your cholesterol levels. If you cut back on the dose the cholesterol will go up. Talk to your doctor if you are having problems with the medication or cost. ...Read more

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Atorvastatin (Definition)

Atorvastatin has the brand name lipitor (atorvastatin).. Its function is to lower the body's production of cholesterol and to stabilize current cholesterol plaques. The general name for this class of medication is "statins". Other statins include Crestor (rosuvastatin) ...Read more


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After angioplasty recently, Lipitor (atorvastatin) meds was incr to 80mg from 10mg. I willmbe on this dosage for sometime. Why is this?

After angioplasty recently, Lipitor (atorvastatin) meds was incr to 80mg from 10mg. I willmbe on this dosage for sometime. Why is this?

Coronary artery dis: Angioplasty is done when there is vessel blockage. One of the causes is plaque deposition on the vessel. Because of this coronary artery disease, it is necessary to manage you cholesterol level. If you were on 10mg Lipitor (atorvastatin) and had an angioplasty, your risk increased for another blockade. The increase is to keep cholesterol levels optimal. Good health. ...Read more

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Can a high dosage of Lipitor (atorvastatin) cause memory problems?

Can a high dosage of Lipitor (atorvastatin) cause memory problems?

Probably not.: There may be some issues with statins, like myalgia, or hepatic inflammation, but memory loss is an insignificant concern. I f are on Lipitor (atorvastatin) and becoming forgetful, something else is more likely to be the cause of memory loss! ...Read more

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Ever see patient side effects decrease with an increase in dosage? Ex. Increase dose from 20mg Lipitor (atorvastatin) to 40mg. I understand illogic, just curious

Possible explanation: Perhaps the perceived side effect from the lower dose was not related to the medicine and resolved as per it's natural course which simply coincided with increase in the dose of the medicine. Or perhaps the body adapted well thus overcoming the side effect which simply coincided with increase in the dose of the medicine. ...Read more

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On 80mg Lipitor (atorvastatin) 25mg coreg 25mg twice daily. Lisinopril 40mg, normal angiogram, normal echo, mvp asside. Question is, why such high med dosages?

Meds: Lipitor (atorvastatin) dose seems high usually reserved for patients with known coronary diseases. I am guessing the other meds are for blood pressure so the dose will depend on BP control. ...Read more

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I just started lipitor, (atorvastatin)up dosage of metformin to 1000mg suddenlt have high bp and chest palpitations I do also think I have gerd too please help.

I just started lipitor, (atorvastatin)up dosage of metformin to 1000mg suddenlt have high bp and chest palpitations I do also think I have gerd too please help.

Lipitor (atorvastatin) doesn't: Cause palpitations, high BP or palpitations. Metformin decreases blood sugar, low blood sugar can cause all kinds of symptoms, including high BP and palps. GERD doesn't cause these. Let your doc know. He/She might do a holter monitor to check your heart rhythm, and check your BP. Good Luck.

Visit http://CardioGauge. Com to learn how to prevent heart attacks. ...Read more

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Is 40mg of Lipitor (atorvastatin) twice as effective as 20mg? And is 80mg twice as effective as a 40mg dose?

No linear relations: There is no linear relationship to doses. Most studies are directed at levels of low density lipid (LDL-C) levels, with significant benefits in patients with known coronary artery disease and less (or no) benefits in patients without it who are considered to be at low risk. High risk patients did better when LDL-C levels of 75 mg/dl. ...Read more

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Since I've succeeded in lowering my LDL to 69 now, can't I lower my dose of lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Depends on reason: For the general population, treatment of LDL doesn't begin until over 160 (or 190) mg/dl and goal is to lower to under 130. For those at high risk of coronary disease, goal is 100, and those who have proven cad, goal is further reduced to 70 mg/dl. If you were started on it because of cad, you are appropriately treated and should continue. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Read Lipitor (atorvastatin) can cause rd. How likely is it to get renal disease from Lipitor (atorvastatin) on a low dose 10mg and is 10mg too low to help the cholesterol go down?

Unlikely: Although it is listed as possible adverse reaction it is quite unlikely that Lipitor (atorvastatin) at that dosage may cause renal disease. Still it may be good enough to lower your cholesterol.
Like with any meds: if you are worried, you should discuss with the doctor that prescribed it. ...Read more

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For cad, which low dose of statin you use if you have perfect cholesterol numbers tc 93 tg 96& LDL 42. Pravachool, lipitor, (atorvastatin) or simvastatin. What dose?

For cad, which low dose of statin you use if you have perfect cholesterol numbers tc 93 tg 96& LDL 42. Pravachool, lipitor, (atorvastatin) or simvastatin. What dose?

May not need: With those numbers, you may not need a statin. The ncep atp-3 goals are all met by you, even if you are at high risk, which would be an LDL less than 70. Keep up the good work, save your money and continue your diet, it appears to be working. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I recently had a calcium scan and my calcium score was zero. The doctor told me to cut my Lipitor from 80 mg to 40 mg and to stop taking my zodiac. I am not on blood pressure medicine, but my blood pressure has been slightly elevated lately?

I recently had a calcium scan and my calcium score was zero. The doctor told me to cut my Lipitor from 80 mg to 40 mg and to stop taking my zodiac. I am not on blood pressure medicine, but my blood pressure has been slightly elevated lately?

Zodiacs: Well there are many meanings for zodiac I'm not sure what you mean by it. At 69 with a calcium score of zero that's good news. The slightly elevated bp is meaningless without numbers. If it isn't above 140 at rest systolic that's good. Not sure what you're asking with the? ...Read more

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Coreg, lisinopril, lipitor, (atorvastatin) low dose aspirin. Are these meds a good combo for preventing a cardiac event? Anything holistic I can and should add?

Coreg, lisinopril, lipitor, (atorvastatin) low dose aspirin. Are these meds a good combo for preventing a cardiac event? Anything holistic I can and should add?

Yes: These are good meds for lowering BP and cholesterol which, in turn, lowers your risk. Holistic measures include: attain and maintain normal body weight (bmi =25); daily exercise:at least 30 minutes, the more the better; eat a mediterranean diet (google this if you're not familiar). Don't smoke. Don't chew. Drink alcohol in moderation (not >2 drinks daily). Relax, be happy. Don't stress. ...Read more

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Taking low dose aspirin for CVE and stroke prevention. Also on 80mg of Lipitor (atorvastatin). Taking fish oil also. Am I at serious risk for hemorrhagic stroke?

Taking low dose aspirin for CVE and stroke prevention. Also on 80mg of Lipitor (atorvastatin). Taking fish oil also. Am I at serious risk for hemorrhagic stroke?

Excellent Question: ScottK, you ask an excellent question. There is some evidence that having too low a blood cholesterol level can be dangerous as well as high cholesterol. Blood vessel walls need cholesterol for flexibility, and if two low can become fragile. Although the likelihood of a problem is low, I would discuss with your doctor. You might also want to think about adding Co-Q10. Take care and stay well! ...Read more

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Who should not take Lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Lipitor (atorvastatin): Contraindications; "Active liver disease, which may include unexplained persistent elevations in hepatic transaminase levels. Hypersensitivity to any component of this medication." See; http://www. Drugs. Com/pro/lipitor. Html ...Read more

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Lipitor, (atorvastatin) how long before it works?

Lipitor, (atorvastatin) how long before it works?

Within a few days: It starts working within hours but the effects are best noted on blood work after a few weeks at least. ...Read more

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How soon does Lipitor (atorvastatin) start working?

How soon does Lipitor (atorvastatin) start working?

Lipitor (atorvastatin): The activity starts within hours of ingestion but the maximal lowering of lipids takes weeks to equilibrate. ...Read more

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Can I now take Lipitor (atorvastatin) avery other day.?

Can I now take Lipitor (atorvastatin) avery other day.?

Sure: Statins even once per week can be beneficial, but they're best taken each evening for maximum effect. ...Read more

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Can I take Lipitor (atorvastatin) after expiration date?

Expiration date: No one would recommend that to you in print or publicly on line. ...Read more

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How long does it take for Lipitor (atorvastatin) to work?

Few days: It may start working in a few days but it's customary to wait 6 weeks before rechecking a lipid level. ...Read more

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Can I eat grapefruit if I am taking lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Great question: The is a great question...Hotly debated amongst experts. Because grapefruit can cause certain of these medications to increase in concentration, their side-effects may also worsen. Timing of taking the meds/juice does not seem to affect this, as the juice may have an effect for several days. Crestor (rosuvastatin) and Pravachol may not be affected as much...Consider switching if you like grapefruit! ...Read more

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How long does it take Lipitor (atorvastatin) to start helping?

How long does it take Lipitor (atorvastatin) to start helping?

Very soon: It has been noted to have cholesterol plaque stabilization improvement soon after starting.
Typical recheck of cholesterol levels would be after 4-8 weeks. ...Read more

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Should Lipitor (atorvastatin) be taken at a specific time of day?

No: Hi. No, atorvastatin has a long half-life, and can be taken in the morning with effectiveness equal to being taken in the evening. ...Read more

Lipitor (Definition)

Atorvastatin is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more