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I just started lipitor (atorvastatin). How long does it typically take for cholesterol to begin reducing?

I just started lipitor (atorvastatin). How long does it typically take for cholesterol to begin reducing?

6 weeks: It probably starts going down sooner but the usual recommendation is to get your cholesterol rechecked in 6 weeks as well as a check of muscle and liver enzymes. ...Read more

Dr. Nathan Ritter
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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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Should one take Lipitor (atorvastatin) when the cholesterol is only 124?

Should one take Lipitor (atorvastatin) when the cholesterol is only 124?

Depends: That would depend on your risk factors. The desired level of cholesterol is based on individual risk factors such as a personal history of diabetes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, family history, and smoking history. ...Read more

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Cholesterol 235, ldl180, want to take lipitor, (atorvastatin)if I eat half of 20mg is that the same with I eat 1of 10mg? And 4 generic, is it same strength&composition?

Yes & yes: Many people save some money by taking half of the double dose (taking 1/2 of 20 to get 10). Only break 1 pill at a time. That way, if the break is uneven, you'll get perhaps 8 mg one day, but 12 mg the next day and it evens out. And yes, the generic is fine. Good luck! ...Read more

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If I go off of Lipitor (atorvastatin) for 3 months in order to take sporanox, how much could my cholesterol increase in that amount of time?

If I go off of Lipitor (atorvastatin) for 3 months in order to take sporanox, how much could my cholesterol increase in that amount of time?

As much as it drops: It will go up to pre Lipitor (atorvastatin) levels more or less, unless you have changed your diet and weight substantially. ...Read more

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I take 20mg lipitor, (atorvastatin) my cholesterol was222 but is under 100 now. Should I stop taking this statin. I want to take moringa. Is it safe to take the 2?

Moringa?: Had to look up Moringa. It is an herbal tea that is supposed to help a whole host of ailments. Could not find any contraindications to use with any specific drug. Probably ok to use with lipitor, (atorvastatin) a statin. Ck with nutritionist. You got a remarkable reduction in your cholesterol with only 20 of Lipitor (atorvastatin). Check with ur doc if dose appropriate 4 u. Need to know ur LDL & HDL before & since therapy. ...Read more

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My TSH level is 4.50, doctor gave me 25 mg euthyrox, 1 times a day. My total cholesterol 298-ldl 214, I take 20mg Lipitor (atorvastatin) daily. Should I use both pills?

Dyslipidemia: Blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) can be affected by thyroid disease. After treatment of thyroid disease, it is easier to control lipids as well as many other body functions including weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, depression, etc. ...Read more

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My cholesterol went down from 289 to 188 after 20 days of taking ten mg of lipitor (atorvastatin). Is this possible?

My cholesterol went down from 289 to 188 after 20 days of taking ten mg of lipitor (atorvastatin). Is this possible?

Yes, however...: Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a powerful drug & this is certainly possible. However, I am one of the minority of doctors who question whether this is a good thing! It may be reasonable to lower your cholesterol some but this may be too much! See http://www. Naturalnews. Com/033975_high_cholesterol_heart_attacks. Html &
http://www. Cbn. Com/cbnnews/healthscience/2012/october/cholesterol-myth-what-really-causes-heart-disease. ...Read more

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What is a better cholesterol lowering medicine? Lipitor (atorvastatin) or simvastatin?

Lipitor (atorvastatin) is stronger: Lipitor (atorvastatin) and now generic Atorvastatin is 'stronger' on a mg to mg basis compared to simvastatin, meaning it lowers the cholesterol 20-30% more than simvastatin. ...Read more

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Does Lipitor (atorvastatin) wipe out the cholesterol in your arteries? Or just low the amount of cholesterol produce by the body

Both, kind of...: The main function of Lipitor (atorvastatin) is to decrease your hepatic production of cholesterol. However, several studies shows that when this happens, over time you may see an improvement in your vascular health as evidenced by stabilization of plaque, reduction in plaque size, and reduction in carotid wall thickness. ...Read more

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How does Lipitor (atorvastatin) affect your body and help lower cholesterol?

How does Lipitor (atorvastatin) affect your body and help lower cholesterol?

Lowers cholesterol: Lipitor (atorvastatin) is an excellent drug for lowering cholesterol. It also reduces the number of heart attacks and strokes by about 40% if people stay on it for a few years. Side effects are rare and can include minor abnormalities in liver tests that normally resolve on their own. In addition, it can cause muscle inflammation in 1 in every 100, 000 patients. Generally, the benefits far outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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I'm on Lipitor (atorvastatin) for my cholesterol but feel like my chest is sore is that normal?

Can be...: Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a statin. Most statins can produce muscle pain also known as myalgia. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should see your family practice physician. ...Read more

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

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

While there may be: Subtle differences, they are each "statins", the gola is optimizing triglyceride and LDL cholesterol. I was on Atorvastatin for 12 years, and switched to Simvastatin when my co-pay went to $125, and I can get generic zocor (simvastatin) for $6.99. The newer the more expensive. Resuvostatin is newer. Show me the difference is worth the price. ...Read more

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Anyone know how effective Lipitor (atorvastatin) is to reduce cholesterol and to prevent heartattacks and strokes?

Anyone know how effective Lipitor (atorvastatin) is to reduce cholesterol and to prevent heartattacks and strokes?

Very: There have been multiple studies on the statin drugs, one of which is lipitor, (atorvastatin) documenting that there is a significant reduction in heart attacks and strokes in patient whol are at risk. The effect seems to not only be related to lowering the cholesterol but also to somehow stabilizing plaque within the arteries making it less likley to rupture which is the cause of most heart attacks. ...Read more

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For what reasons might a doctor prescribe niaspan ER and Lipitor (atorvastatin) to reduce cholesterol?

For what reasons might a doctor prescribe niaspan ER and Lipitor (atorvastatin) to reduce cholesterol?

Combo: Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a statin, and is very good at lowering your ldl, commonly referred to as "bad cholesterol". Niaspan is a slow release form of niacin, vitamin b3, which is more helpful in lowering triglycerides and raising HDL (good cholesterol). Some people need more than one agent to get their lipid panel in optimal range. ...Read more

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Calcium scan zero. Cholesterol over 300 without meds. Taking 80 Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20 Zetia. Dr. wants me stop Zetia half Lipitor (atorvastatin). Should I?

I'm not too sure.: Unless your HDL is really really really high or unless you were experiencing some side effect of one of those medications, a total of 300 sounds just too high, especially at your age (no offense). I would continue the medications in a preventive sense. ...Read more

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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)?

Be seen: You should discuss it with your doctor. From a pure cholesterol standpoint, it sounds like you could, but your doctor may have other reasons to want to keep you on it. ...Read more

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Is it normal while taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) for cholesterol to have anxiety and heart palps or atrial fibrillation?

Anxiety: If you have anxiety and take Lipitor (atorvastatin) it is common to have all the symptoms associated with anxiety, including palps and afib. It is not common for Lipitor (atorvastatin) to cause them. ...Read more

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My cholesterol is 172, with an HDL of 53. My doctor has me on 40mg Lipitor (atorvastatin) and I don't like this due to the side-effect risk. What say you?

My cholesterol is 172, with an HDL of 53. My doctor has me on 40mg Lipitor (atorvastatin) and I don't like this due to the side-effect risk. What say you?

Take it: Heart disease is one of the top killers of man and women. What were your numbers before you started lipitor (atorvastatin)? What was your LDL and what was your cardiac c reactive protein? Have you had a heart attack in the past? Depending on all this, you may need a milder med. Any long term effects stop when you stop the med, do not stop without letting your dr know. ...Read more

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Doc precribed lipitor (atorvastatin) 20mg for my "bit too high" cholesterol over the last 3 yrs (at least).Why're so many (-)ve reviews about the med?

Wrong: Unless you have diabetes, established heart or vascular disease, or a familial syndrome wih extremely elevated cholesterol, a 28 year old should not be on drug therapy for their cholesterol. Lipitor (atorvastatin) is an excellent medicine, but like all medicines, it's not right for everybody. ...Read more

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My doctor says my bad cholesterol is normal but my good cholesterol is very low what can I do besides the Lipitor (atorvastatin) she prescribed to help?

My doctor says my bad cholesterol is normal but my good cholesterol is very low what can I do besides the Lipitor (atorvastatin) she prescribed to help?

Difficult: Hdl your good cholesterol is very hard to increase and there are really no great medications that increase it. You can try exercise, losing weight, adding high doses of niacin, fish oil, hormone replacement if indicated too help increase it. Also getting the type of HDL (fluffy or small with a fractionated panel) can provide more info to you. Get your LDL & tg low so you can decrease your risk. ...Read more

Lipitor (Definition)

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