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Is Lipitor (atorvastatin) a better drug than tricor?

Is Lipitor (atorvastatin) a better drug than tricor?

They're different: They are used for different profiles of abnormal cholesterol. Lipitor, or generic atorvastatin, is a medication that mostly is used to lower LDL the "bad cholesterol." that is enough for most people. Tricor (fenofibrate) is used to correct a mixed profile, when someone has not only high ldl, but also high triglycerides (blood fat level) and low hdl, the "good cholesterol.". So they're used differently. ...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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I take multiple medicines and can never seem to get enough sleep medicines such as paxil, trazadone, clonozapan, singular, protonix, tricor, Lipitor (atorvastatin)?

I take multiple medicines and can never seem to get enough sleep medicines such as paxil, trazadone, clonozapan, singular, protonix, tricor, Lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Reevaluate sleep: You can develop a tolerance to the sedating effects of medications such that they stop working to help you sleep.

Have your doctor evaluate your sleeping problem. How many hours are you sleeping, is it disrupted, are you sleeping 8 hours but really want to sleep 12? What other factors may be causing sleeping problems for you? These are all important questions to be addressed. ...Read more

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Hello. Is omega XL safe for diabetics taking insulin metformin glipizide Lipitor (atorvastatin) diazid tricor & bp meds, spiriva advair.?

Hello. Is omega XL safe for diabetics taking insulin metformin glipizide Lipitor (atorvastatin) diazid tricor & bp meds, spiriva advair.?

Exercise caution: You are already on multiple medications, some possibly interact together, you don't want to add more unless really needed, even if it is a supplement, fatty acids in omega fish oil might increase lipids in your system, this is not against any drug but rather for your own safety, please revise all your meds with your doctor on regular basis, good luck ...Read more

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Is it true that the combination of fenofibrate and atorvastatin causes hepatitis?

Not usually: Gemfibrizol is a fibrate that was used commonly to lower triglycerides, but inhibits the metabolism of statins thus causing higher concentrations of statins. This combination has been reported to increase chance of statin muscle damage. Fenofibrate does not have this effect on statin metabolism. ...Read more

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Side effect atorvastatin fenofibrate combination on kidney?

Side effect atorvastatin fenofibrate combination on kidney?

Hi: The two together can cause serious muscle damage and must be tightly controlled by your doctor. I suggest you take 300 mg of coenzyme q10. Once you have high blood pressure and if your CPK goes high then your kidneys can be subsequently affected. Keep well hydrated. ...Read more

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What is lipitor (atorvastatin)? Is it a diet drug?

Lipitor (atorvastatin): Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a cholesterol lowering medication that you should take regularly if your doctor prescribed it. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your body to get rid of the statin drug after stopping Lipitor (atorvastatin) that was taken for 10 years?

How long does it take for your body to get rid of the statin drug after stopping Lipitor (atorvastatin) that was taken for 10 years?

1 (up to 2) weeks: Statins clear the blood rapidly once daily dosing has stopped. While everyone's metabolism is unique, you should expect the medication will be out of the blood within 2 weeks (usually by 1 week). ...Read more

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The only abnormality in my lipid panel is LDL 128. Is it time to stop my Lipitor (atorvastatin) statin drug. Now?

Depends: It depends on what your LDL was to start and if you have any co-existing vascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, family history or smoking history. There are some numbers that are absolutely too high and meds are needed but many people fall into a grey zone and all variable need to be considered. Diet and exercise should be the first line of intervention for most people. ...Read more

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Type II diabetic for1 yr. Lost 50 lbs. Thru exercise, diet. Am taking metformin, onglyza, (saxagliptin) lipitor. Is there hope that I can get off these drugs?

Type II diabetic for1 yr. Lost 50 lbs. Thru exercise, diet. Am taking metformin, onglyza, (saxagliptin) lipitor. Is there hope that I can get off these drugs?

Great job!: Yes, there is always hope. Just keep taking care of yourself, eating appropriately with good nutrient-rich food and exercising. Follow closely with your doctor to see what might be able to be reduced and eliminated over time. Keep it up! ...Read more

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Taking crestor instead of Lipitor (atorvastatin) for 2 mo., but now exper. Severe body aches, is this a side effect? Reading more and more about this drug causing problems! Should I go back to lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Side-effects similar: But some people react differently to each statin was your switch for Lipitor (atorvastatin) 40 to Crestor 40, or 20mg. Or were you at the highest dose of Lipitor (atorvastatin) (80mg)? If so, only cestror 40 is more potent. Lipitor (atorvastatin) has gone generic and may have a price advantage. Discusss with your prescribing doctor. A CPK is warranted. ...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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What are the pro's & con's regarding the usage of lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Lipitor (atorvastatin): Statins are the only lipid lowering medication that have been shown to induce plaque regression in CAD. The side effects are mainly hypersensitivity, muscle or liver damage to name a view. ...Read more

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Is generic Lipitor (atorvastatin) as affective as "real" lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Yes: Generics are required to prove bio-equivalency to the fda. However, the drug coating is proprietary. This only makes a real difference for some psychotropic medications. ...Read more

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Lipitor (atorvastatin) side effects?

Liver muscle: You need to have liver tests, muscle problems including rhabdomyolysis, cognitive deficits with statins. Fish oil epa dietary supplement or prescription vascepa no side effects except burping with dietary supplements, but less effective. ...Read more

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How effective is atorvastatin (Lipitor) for treating stroke?

Atorvastatin: This drug treats the blood lipids and also helps prevent progression of atherosclerotic changes. It does not directly treat stroke. ...Read more

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Can I take forskolin while I am taking lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Who knows?: It's not studied. It's not fda approved. There's no motivation for companies that market it to do the research to find out. Use it at your own risk. ...Read more

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What are the differences between Lipitor (atorvastatin) and vytorin?

What are the differences between Lipitor (atorvastatin) and vytorin?

Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a single: Drug (statin). Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) is a combo pill which contains a statin, Simvastatin along with ezetimibe which inhibits cholesterol absorbtion at the small intestine. ...Read more

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Can Lipitor (atorvastatin) cause tinnitus?

Can Lipitor (atorvastatin) cause tinnitus?

Not likely: Refer to the pdr for more information. If you have tinnitus, seek an exam with ent. ...Read more

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Will Lipitor (atorvastatin) reduce Libido?

Unlikely: Reduced libido has MANY different causes, most of them non organic (psychological) ...Read more

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How to wean off of lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Lipitor (atorvastatin): You don't really need to wean off lipitor (atorvastatin). ...Read more

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Is Zetia better than lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Is Zetia better than lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Zetia (ezetimibe): Lipitor (atorvastatin) data is stronger than Zetia data for lowering lipids and decreasing atherosclerotic complications. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Fenofibrate (Definition)

Fenofibrate is a generic preparation for lowering triglycerides and raising good cholesterol. It has no effect on LDL or bad cholesterol. It should not be used if you ...Read more


Lipitor (Definition)

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