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Doctor insights on: Lipitor And Night Coughing

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I have sore spot on L back rib cage. Get spasms there day or night. Goes away after Advil in 1 hour. Began after taking Lipitor (atorvastatin). Tests revealed not?

I have sore spot on L back rib cage. Get spasms there day or night. Goes away after Advil in 1 hour. Began after taking Lipitor (atorvastatin). Tests revealed not?

Check with your Dr: If you were my patient, I would stop the Lipitor (atorvastatin) for 2 weeks to see if you've got better, and then restarted to see if he got worse. If worse, that clenches that this is a Lipitor (atorvastatin) reaction. Other statins may be fine or perhaps use alternatives such as Berberol, pantethine, Co A, or mixed tocopherols. HRS, MD, FACC ...Read more

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I've taken crestor for yrs after not tolerating effects of lipitor (atorvastatin). Lately I've had joint pain & leg pain at night. From crestor after all these years?

I've taken crestor for yrs after not tolerating effects of lipitor (atorvastatin). Lately I've had joint pain & leg pain at night. From crestor after all these years?

Possible...: It is possible to develop side effects but it is unlikely without some other change. If you started using another medication or supplement that was metabolized by the liver, side effects would be more likely to occur. You can always take a "drug holiday", hold the medicine for 5 days and see if symptoms resolve. If they don't resolve, resume the medication and look elsewhere for the cause. ...Read more

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I take vitamin d, Lipitor (atorvastatin) medicine for gout and niacin nightly before bedtime. I am having sleep problems andi get up in the middle of the night. Is there any problemwith me?

I take vitamin d, Lipitor (atorvastatin) medicine for gout and niacin nightly before bedtime. I am having sleep problems andi get up in the middle of the night. Is there any problemwith me?

Problem?: You have a few health issues, and though getting up once or even twice may be normal for an older individual, it may not be for a young man or female. Get a check up, or discuss this issue with your physician to make sure this is not a prostates issue, and infection. ...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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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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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

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I accidentally took two of my Lipitor pills 80 milligrams a hour apart?

Unlikely a problem: Would advise you not repeat this but a single double dosage may not have any adverse events. Any questions ask your physician ...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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Could you tell me what happens when someone stops taking lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Could you tell me what happens when someone stops taking lipitor (atorvastatin)?

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

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Is Lipitor and atorvastatin the exact same medication (including the secondary ingridients)?

It depends: Not all manufacturers make generic drugs the same -- different additives, colorants, etc may be present. Check with the manufacturer. ...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

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


Lipitor (Definition)

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