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Coming Off Lipitor
Can you tell me more about Lipitor (atorvastatin) raising blood sugar and coming off Lipitor (atorvastatin) - is it dangerous?
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
Taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) for 10 yrs. Started eating vegan. My cholesterol dropped from 175 to down to 124. What are the risks of coming off 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
Lipitor (atorvastatin): The activity starts within hours of ingestion but the maximal lowering of lipids takes weeks to equilibrate. ...Read more
Expiration date: No one would recommend that to you in print or publicly on line. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Statin: Statin drugs need to be taken daily, they won't do the job if taken intermittently. ...Read more
Back to baseline: Statins modify a physiologic process that affects the way the body regulates the level of ldl-cholesterol, which is genetically and environmentally determined. Once a statin is withdrawn, the body's native regulatory mechanisms re-establish the prior ldl-c level. 80% of the effect is seen by two weeks, back to baseline by 4-6 weeks, assuming no dietary or caloric alterations. ...Read more
It depends: Not all manufacturers make generic drugs the same -- different additives, colorants, etc may be present. Check with the manufacturer. ...Read more
I have been out of Lipitor (atorvastatin) for five days is this a serious problem I am waiting for a refill
Lipitor (atorvastatin): No it's not a serious problem. But next time try to be regular. ...Read more
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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