For what reasons might a doctor prescribe niaspan ER and Lipitor (atorvastatin) to reduce cholesterol?

Combo. Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a statin, and is very good at lowering your ldl, commonly referred to as "bad cholesterol". Niaspan is a slow release form of niacin, vitamin b3, which is more helpful in lowering triglycerides and raising HDL (good cholesterol). Some people need more than one agent to get their lipid panel in optimal range.

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Anyone know how effective Lipitor (atorvastatin) is to reduce cholesterol and to prevent heartattacks and strokes?

Very. There have been multiple studies on the statin drugs, one of which is lipitor, (atorvastatin) documenting that there is a significant reduction in heart attacks and strokes in patient whol are at risk. The effect seems to not only be related to lowering the cholesterol but also to somehow stabilizing plaque within the arteries making it less likley to rupture which is the cause of most heart attacks. Read more...
Lipitor (atorvastatin) There are many studies that support the effectiveness of Atorvastarin in lowering the incidence of stroke and heart attack incidence as compared to placebo. Read more...

My doctor says my bad cholesterol is normal but my good cholesterol is very low what can I do besides the Lipitor (atorvastatin) she prescribed to help?

Excercise & Diet. To improve your good cholesterol, get more aerobic excercise, eat more fiber, & increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Read more...
Difficult. Hdl your good cholesterol is very hard to increase and there are really no great medications that increase it. You can try exercise, losing weight, adding high doses of niacin, fish oil, hormone replacement if indicated too help increase it. Also getting the type of HDL (fluffy or small with a fractionated panel) can provide more info to you. Get your LDL & tg low so you can decrease your risk. Read more...

Doc precribed lipitor (atorvastatin) 20mg for my "bit too high" cholesterol over the last 3 yrs (at least).Why're so many (-)ve reviews about the med?

Wrong. Unless you have diabetes, established heart or vascular disease, or a familial syndrome wih extremely elevated cholesterol, a 28 year old should not be on drug therapy for their cholesterol. Lipitor (atorvastatin) is an excellent medicine, but like all medicines, it's not right for everybody. Read more...

My TSH level is 4.50, doctor gave me 25 mg euthyrox, 1 times a day. My total cholesterol 298-ldl 214, I take 20mg Lipitor (atorvastatin) daily. Should I use both pills?

Dyslipidemia. Blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) can be affected by thyroid disease. After treatment of thyroid disease, it is easier to control lipids as well as many other body functions including weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, depression, etc. Read more...