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Doctor insights on: Pravastatin Dosage Versus Lipitor Dosage

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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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My doctor prefers pravastatin 80mg over Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20mg or simvastatin 40mg. Says it is safer but can't really tell me why. Anyone agree and if so, why?

My doctor prefers pravastatin 80mg over Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20mg or simvastatin 40mg. Says it is safer but can't really tell me why.  Anyone agree and if so, why?

Drug interactions: Pravastatin is metabolized differently than Lipitor (atorvastatin) or simvastatin. It may reduce the risk of adverse effects caused by interactions with other medications metabolized in the liver. (lovastatin, simvastatin, or Atorvastatin are oxidized by cytochrome p450 3a4 [cyp3a4], which is inhibited by many drugs. Pravastatin or fluvastatin are not oxidized by cyp3a4). ...Read more

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Pcp switched me from pravastatin to atorvastatin. Does atorvastatin pack a bigger punch? What are some differences between the two?

Pcp switched me from pravastatin to atorvastatin.  Does atorvastatin pack a bigger punch?  What are some differences between the two?

LDL reduction: Your individual circumstances, such as how much you need to lower your cholesterol and whether you have heart disease or have had a heart attack plays into the choice of drug used. The goal is reduction in bad cholesterol. ...Read more

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Which statins offer cardiac help when there is CAD with normal cholesterol that you recommend to ur patients: pravastatin, simvastatin or atorvastatin?

Which statins offer cardiac help when there is CAD with normal cholesterol that you recommend to ur patients: pravastatin, simvastatin or atorvastatin?

Diet, wt. loss 1st,,: You've got a normal cholesterol and a condition of being overweight. Depending on the extent of your cad, it would be smart to talk to your doctor about a reasonable exercise program first. This and diet would help control the CAD without statins which have many side effects and seem to just lower cholesterol. If diet and exercise fail, then drug therapy should be carefully considered. ...Read more

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Can a high dosage of Lipitor (atorvastatin) cause memory problems?

Probably not.: There may be some issues with statins, like myalgia, or hepatic inflammation, but memory loss is an insignificant concern. I f are on Lipitor (atorvastatin) and becoming forgetful, something else is more likely to be the cause of memory loss! ...Read more

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Is pravastatin dosage of 80mg equal to a 5 mg dose of crestor (rosuvastatin)?

Statins: Nope. Not in any way. The doses are nearly the same, so do not know where this myth is coming from. ...Read more

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Ever see patient side effects decrease with an increase in dosage? Ex. Increase dose from 20mg Lipitor (atorvastatin) to 40mg. I understand illogic, just curious

Possible explanation: Perhaps the perceived side effect from the lower dose was not related to the medicine and resolved as per it's natural course which simply coincided with increase in the dose of the medicine. Or perhaps the body adapted well thus overcoming the side effect which simply coincided with increase in the dose of the medicine. ...Read more

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After angioplasty recently, Lipitor (atorvastatin) meds was incr to 80mg from 10mg. I willmbe on this dosage for sometime. Why is this?

After angioplasty recently, Lipitor (atorvastatin) meds was incr to 80mg from 10mg.  I willmbe on this dosage for sometime. Why is this?

Coronary artery dis: Angioplasty is done when there is vessel blockage. One of the causes is plaque deposition on the vessel. Because of this coronary artery disease, it is necessary to manage you cholesterol level. If you were on 10mg Lipitor (atorvastatin) and had an angioplasty, your risk increased for another blockade. The increase is to keep cholesterol levels optimal. Good health. ...Read more

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Lipitor (Definition)

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