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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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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

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Can lipitor, (atorvastatin) carvedilol, effient or Xanax increase blood sugar?

Can lipitor, (atorvastatin) carvedilol, effient or Xanax increase blood sugar?

May effect glucose: Lipitor (atorvastatin) has been associated with increased bs or hgba1c, mainly in women. Carvedilol may potentiate anti diabetic agents and actually lower blood sugar. To the best of my knowledge, xanax and Effient have no effect on blood sugar. ...Read more

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Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Yes: Sure, it is (was) a very common medication. If you are in il, call me. Most of the times, however, I use wellbutrin (bupropion) - less side effects, additional benefits and the same likelihood to quit. By the way, it is better to be used as a part of a "cocktail" and with a couch-like person. ...Read more

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Could smoking cigarettes really effect xanax (alprazolam)?

Could smoking cigarettes really effect xanax (alprazolam)?

Not technically: Nicotine is a stimulant which can cause agitation which can negate the anti-anxiety effects of xanax (alprazolam). There are no significant drug-drug interactions. ...Read more

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Benefits/risks of Zetia vs crestor (rosuvastatin)?

Benefits/risks of Zetia vs crestor (rosuvastatin)?

Crestor (rosuvastatin) is better: Crestor (rosuvastatin) is a statin. Statins are the only cholesterol drugs that have been clearly shown to reduce mortality - that is, to save lives. While Zetia does lower cholesterol, there is to date no convincing evidence that it saves lives. ...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. ?

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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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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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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Side effect of stopping Abilify (aripiprazole) cold turkey?

Side effect of stopping Abilify (aripiprazole) cold turkey?

Depends upon illness: If it is being used to treat depression, you could go right back into it the very next day. If it is for psychosis, you might eventually rek\lapse, same with bipolar disorder. These medications should generally be tapered and never stopped without a discussion with your treatment provider. ...Read more

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How can I recognise geniune crestor (rosuvastatin) from fake crestor (rosuvastatin)?

How can I recognise geniune crestor (rosuvastatin) from fake crestor (rosuvastatin)?

You can't: The only one who can give you a true answer is your pharmacist. That is why it is usually not a good idea to obtain medications from foreign sources over the internet or mail. ...Read more

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How similar are crestor and Lipitor (atorvastatin) medicine?

How similar are crestor and Lipitor (atorvastatin) medicine?

Crestor (rosuvastatin): And Lipitor (atorvastatin) are both effective statin drugs. Crestor is a bit more mg for mg potent than Lipitor (atorvastatin) but the outcomes with both drugs are similar. Lipitor (atorvastatin) can be had as a generic, Crestor is still on patent so is lots more expensive. ...Read more

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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

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What are the short- long-term effects of taking klonopin, doxepin, wellbutrion, seroquel, (quetiapine) armour thyroid, pravastatin, xanex, alcohol, marijuana?

What are the short- long-term effects of taking klonopin, doxepin, wellbutrion, seroquel, (quetiapine) armour thyroid, pravastatin, xanex, alcohol, marijuana?

Confusion: Mental status changes can take place. Be sure to generate a list of all meds and herbals and street drugs to distribute to all of your physicians to make sure that no medication dosing takes place without all informed. ...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 (Definition)

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