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Doctor insights on: Taking Lipitor Atorvastatin

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Can I eat grapefruit if I am taking lipitor (atorvastatin)?

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

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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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 Once a statin is withdrawn, the body's native regulatory mechanisms re-establish the prior ldl-c level. 80% of the effect is seen by two weeks, back to baseline by 4-6 weeks, assuming no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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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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I recently started taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) and my diabetes has gotten a lot worse is there any connection?

I recently started taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) and my diabetes has gotten a lot worse is there any connection?

Could be: People being treated with statins like Lipitor (atorvastatin) may have an increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of Type 2 diabetes.
If your blood sugars are getting higher than usual, please see a doctor before making any changes. ...Read more

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My current bilirubin levels 2.94 total, 0.88 Direct and 2.06 indirect. I am 63 and taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) 10mg for the past decade. Any danger?

Known side effect: Alteration in liver functions is a known, albeit uncommon side effect of Lipitor (atorvastatin). It would be prudent to discuss it with the doctor who prescribed the medication. You may consult this site for information on this matter:
http://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/2/drug-3330/lipitor-oral/details/list-sideeffects ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm currently taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) but love grapefruit. Will it kill me to have a glass every now and then?

Go ahead: It won't kill you. It just alters the metabolism of your medication somewhat. If you want daily grapefruit, ask your physician about other possible Rx's. ...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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Can taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) affect the results of your blood alcohol content breathalyzer test.?

Can taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) affect the results of your blood alcohol content breathalyzer test.?

Lipitor (atorvastatin): Should not effect blood alcohol content. There aren't drug interactions btwn Lipitor (atorvastatin) & alcohol. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for cirrhosis of the liver if the patient stops drinking and stops taking lipitor (atorvastatin)?

What is the prognosis for cirrhosis of the liver if the patient stops drinking and stops taking lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Cirrhosis: Stopping alcohol is essential for those who want to maintain their health. Drinking and stopping Lipitor (atorvastatin) will continue to deteriorate. Lipitor (atorvastatin) is not to be taken if you have active liver disease. The prognosis depends on how much alcohol was used for how long, and how much damage was done to the liver. ...Read more

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I just started taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) last week (10 mg every other day) now I am starting to see bumps on my hands. Is this a (temporary) side effect?

I just started taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) last week (10 mg every other day) now I am starting to see bumps on my hands. Is this a (temporary) side effect?

Not sure: If it is an allergy, or reaction, it should resolve with stopping the medication (check w/ your pop about stopping). Typically a drug allergy is a more diffuse reaction. This may be something else, but would stop the Lipitor (atorvastatin) first. Good luck. ...Read more

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ALT 61. AST and rest of LFT's normal. Is this concerning? Taking Lipitor, (atorvastatin) possible cause? PCP not concerned. Should he be? Should be?

ALT 61. AST and rest of LFT's normal. Is this concerning? Taking Lipitor, (atorvastatin) possible cause? PCP not concerned. Should he be? Should be?

No, see below: Statins increase alanine aminotransferase (ALT) concentrations (one of the enzymes from the liver) in 10% of recipients, and this increase can exceed more than three times the upper limit of normal in 1% of patients. Despite a lack of evidence that statins cause liver disease, many physicians are reluctant to start statins in patients with an out-of-range ALT value. Most patients with high ALT will have fatty liver or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), because 20% or more of patients in developed countries have these conditions (i.e., a fifth of people in developed countries have fatty liver or NASH, and on occasion many, but not all, have abnormal ALTs) ...Read more

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Can Lipitor (atorvastatin) damage your joints? Bad joint pain in elbow and did nothing to elbow while taking Lipitor (atorvastatin).

Can Lipitor (atorvastatin) damage your joints? Bad joint pain in elbow and did nothing to elbow while taking Lipitor (atorvastatin).

Myalgias and pains: Discomfort is common, damage not likely. Get routine checks and liver function tests. If bad pains, try changing to a different class of lipid lowering agent. ...Read more

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I have a CK level of 359. I previously had open heart surgery two years ago. I am currently taking lipitor (atorvastatin) along with various other medications.?

Not to worry: 359 in most labs is an insignificant elevation. It's possibly related to Lipitor (atorvastatin) use (not a reason to stop it), but just simple muscular exercise can cause it too. Unless you're having crescendo angina, it's not related to your heart. ...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?

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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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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Dr switched me back to 40mg simvastatin after taking 20mg lipitor (atorvastatin). Should I get off the Lipitor (atorvastatin) for a few days before starting simvastatin?

Dr switched me back to 40mg simvastatin after taking 20mg lipitor (atorvastatin). Should I get off the Lipitor (atorvastatin) for a few days before starting simvastatin?

Not necessary: Simvastatin 40mg is similar in potency to 20mg of lipitor (atorvastatin). There is no need to stop Lipitor (atorvastatin) for a few days before starting Simvastatin as they are similar drugs (both are statins). The Simvastatin can be started the day after stopping the Lipitor (atorvastatin) -- for most efficacy, take a statin at bedtime. ...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

Lipitor (Definition)

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


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