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Effect Lipitor Atorvastatin
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
Drug interaction: Zantac can increase the drug levels of lipitor (atorvastatin). Taking them apart will not help. It is better to ask your doctor what to take for heartburn while you are on the lipitor (atorvastatin). It is better to avoid zantac while on lipitor (atorvastatin) unless you are only taking it occasionally. ...Read more
Can you take spironolactone + Lipitor (atorvastatin)? spironolactone will increase the level or effect of Lipitor (atorvastatin) by P-glycoprotein (MDR1) efflux transporter.?
Take together: Two common drug information references fail to support this information. One describes a small, more theoretical interaction that may result in an increase in spironolactone activity (but not atorvastatin), but these two medications are commonly used together without adverse effect. ...Read more
Have had soreness in my left shoulder area front and back for 2 weeks. Heat helps relieve the soreness. Could this be a side effect of lipitor (atorvastatin)?
Unlikely: Statin therapy can cause sore muscles without question but my experience is a nose to toes event not an isolated muscle or group of muscles. If isolated muscle or group of muscles more likely overuse from some specific activity. If persists can always see your doctor for confirmatory blood work. CPK goes up with muscle injury routinely check on biannual basis with my patients on statin therapy. ...Read more
On web md it says that depression is a rare side effect of lipitor (atorvastatin). I don't take depression med anymore. But got depressed after a month on lipitor (atorvastatin).?
Prob. Unrelated: Hi. Listing side effects is required based on what is complained of in clinical trials and post-marketing surveillance. You already had depression in your past. There is no known mechanism for Lipitor (atorvastatin) to cause depression. So cause-and-effect relationship, while not impossible, is very unlikely. Keep it in perspective...it's probably more depressing to have a heart attack. Maybe go back on anti-dep ...Read more
What is the best drugs for the hyper cholestrolemia? Do the deiet have an effect? Iam taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) and ezeritol together, anuany thing better?
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 more
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
I'm taking 10 mg lipitor (atorvastatin). Was recommended to take one only on mondays, wednesdays and fridays. Have you heard of this before?
I was just put on Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20 mg I have heard bad things about women being put on this medication should I be concerned. No other health issues.
Lipitor (atorvastatin): Lipitor (atorvastatin) aims to reduce total and LDL cholesterol blood levels. Side effects are not common b these include muscle weakness, liver inflammation, and even muscle or liver "cell deaths". Data show that statins reduce our body's production of Coenzyme Q 10; depletion of this essential co-vitamin is largely responsible for side effects. Supplementing with CoQ10 is wise. Females are not "more prone." ...Read more
Caduet & Lipitor (atorvastatin): They are two different meds, at least partially. Lipitor is Atorvastatin and Caduet contains Atorvastatin and amlodipine, a medicine used to lower blood pressure. So if you have both hyperlipidemia and hypertension then that may be the med for you, however, if you have hyperlipidemia then use atorvastatin. ...Read more