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My cardiologist just increased my Lipitor (atorvastatin) dosage to 40 mg from 10. Is this safe? 65 years old

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Dr. James Long
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Lipitor (atorvastatin)

Most people tolerate 40mg. 80mg is the max dosage.

In brief: Lipitor (atorvastatin)

Most people tolerate 40mg. 80mg is the max dosage.
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: This dosage

Is within prescribing guidelines...So yes it's ok.

In brief: This dosage

Is within prescribing guidelines...So yes it's ok.
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Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine

In brief: Generally

Generally this is safe.
The medication can have some serious, potential, side effects, but most people tolerate it well.

In brief: Generally

Generally this is safe.
The medication can have some serious, potential, side effects, but most people tolerate it well.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Maybe

The are several issues here.
The first one is that major toxicity from Lipitor (atorvastatin) is much more likely at 40 mg daily than at any lower dose. Secondly, recent data has suggested that too much emphasis may have been placed on making the numbers look pretty and that high end dosing may not be advisable. Finally, increasingly higher doses of statins provide less and less significant effect on LDL levels.

In brief: Maybe

The are several issues here.
The first one is that major toxicity from Lipitor (atorvastatin) is much more likely at 40 mg daily than at any lower dose. Secondly, recent data has suggested that too much emphasis may have been placed on making the numbers look pretty and that high end dosing may not be advisable. Finally, increasingly higher doses of statins provide less and less significant effect on LDL levels.
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