Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium)
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Atorvastatin Calcium Information
ATORVASTATIN (a TORE va sta tin) is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. This drug may also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other health problems in patients with risk factors for heart disease. Diet and lifestyle changes are often used with this drug.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.Read more...
Lipitor® works by blocking an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase. This enzyme is part of a process in your body that makes cholesterol. Lipitor® blocks this enzyme so your body does not make as much cholesterol.
Reducing the amount of cholesterol in your blood helps to prevent the buildup of fatty plaque areas in the arteries, especially the arteries that connect to the heart. This plaque buildup is called atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.
Controlling the amount of cholesterol in your body can help to prevent other types of heart and blood vessel conditions in people that may be at risk.
Drugs like Lipitor® are commonly called “statins” since their generic names all end with those letters. This group of medicines helps to lower a bad cholesterol called LDL, lower triglycerides, and increase the good cholesterol called HDL.
Ask your doctor about your lab work and your long-term risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Both factors are important in deciding if you should take a medication to help manage your cholesterol.
Taking a medicine like Lipitor® is not enough to control problems with high cholesterol. Your doctor will help you develop a plan that includes other steps, such as diet changes, weight control, physical activity, and helping smokers to quit.
Lifestyle changes are a vital part of a treatment plan to decrease your risk of serious problems that can be caused by high levels of cholesterol. In fact, in some people the medicine can sometimes be reduced or even stopped if the lifestyle changes make a significant change in their cholesterol levels.
Lipitor® is sometimes carefully combined with other medicines to manage triglycerides and lipids to keep your heart and blood vessels as healthy as possible. Do not combine Lipitor® with any medicines that may help with cholesterol and triglycerides without talking to your doctor.
Take your Lipitor® dose at the same time each day. Select a time that is convenient and easy for you to remember. Avoid breaking or crushing the tablet. Swallow the tablet whole. Food does not change the way Lipitor® works in the body.
When ordering prescription Lipitor® from an online Canadian Prescription Referral Service, each prescription comes with a printed medication guide. Always take time to read the medication information guide. The information may have changed since your last refill.
A less expensive and safe generic alternative to Lipitor, known as atorvastatin, is available. By using a Canadian Prescription Referral Service, we can help you find a licensed Canadian or international pharmacy that can provide you with safe generic products and the best possible dollar savings. As an added safety measure, we recommend purchasing your medicines from a pharmacy that is a member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Visit a website called PharmacyChecker to locate licensed and credible pharmacies.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions: -frequently drink alcoholic beverages -history of stroke, TIA -kidney disease -liver disease -muscle aches or weakness -other medical condition -an unusual or allergic reaction to atorvastatin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives -pregnant or trying to get pregnant -breast-feeding
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 10 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications: -red yeast rice -telaprevir -telithromycin -voriconazole This medicine may also interact with the following medications: -alcohol -antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS -boceprevir -certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, troleandomycin -certain medicines for cholesterol like fenofibrate or gemfibrozil -cimetidine -clarithromycin -colchicine -cyclosporine -digoxin -female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills -grapefruit juice -medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole -niacin -rifampin -spironolactone
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.Read more...
Do not take Lipitor® if you are also taking colchicine without consulting your doctor. A common brand name for colchicine is Colcrys®. The two medicines together can possibly lead to a serious side effect. Your doctor may adjust the dose of one or both medicines.
More information about some of the medicines listed above is provided here. Additional medicines that may cause problems when combined with Lipitor® are also listed here. This is not a complete list.
- Neoral (cyclosporine)
- Biaxin (clarithrymycin)
- Sporanox (itraconazole)
- Kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir)
- Lanoxin (digoxin)
- Lopid (gemfibrozil)
- Eryc (erythromycin)
- Incivek (telaprevir)
- Sustiva (efavirenz)
- Diflucan (fluconazole)
- Niaspan (niacin or nicotinic acid)
- Tricor (fenofibrate)
If you are taking a medicine that you think is similar to one of the drugs listed here, let your doctor know as soon as possible.
Some medicines silently increase your blood level of Lipitor® which can lead to serious complications. Many of the interactions that occur with Lipitor® can be prevented by adjusting the Lipitor® dose or the dose of the other medicine.
Never adjust your dose on your own. Talk to your doctor to determine the safest way to manage possible drug interactions.
Many processes are at work in your body that handle drugs. Interactions can happen at different places and for different reasons. Some processes involve how your gut absorbs the medicine, others involve the way your liver works to alter medicines. Some interactions occur at the exact place in your body where the drugs connect to do their job, and others involve changes with the way the drug is eliminated from your body.
Lipitor® is no exception. There are many medicines that interact with the active ingredient found in Lipitor®. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure you are not taking drugs that interact.
Each time you have a new drug added to your existing list of medications, be sure to ask your pharmacist to check it against all your other medicines.
The online pharmacists at your Canadian Prescription Referral Service need a complete list of all your medicines. This includes all prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, supplements, and herbal products you take. For your safety, your online pharmacists will review your existing medicines, along with all new prescriptions being filled, for any possible drug interactions.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check-ups. You may need regular tests to make sure your liver is working properly. Tell your doctor or health care professional right away if you get any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever and tiredness. Your doctor or health care professional may tell you to stop taking this medicine if you develop muscle problems. If your muscle problems do not go away after stopping this medicine, contact your health care professional. This drug is only part of a total heart-health program. Your doctor or a dietician can suggest a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet to help. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule. Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Serious side effects to an unborn child or to an infant are possible. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information. This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine. If you are going to have surgery tell your health care professional that you are taking this drug.Read more...
As with any new medicine, watch for signs of an allergic reaction. Symptoms can include swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing, tightening of the chest, and a skin rash, itching, and hives. Seek emergency medical help if you develop signs of an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions can be serious and sometimes life-threatening.
Tell your doctor if you notice any changes in your kidney function or yellowing of your skin or eyes. Liver damage is a possible side effect caused by Lipitor®. Let your doctor know as soon as possible if you develop a loss of appetite, right-sided pain, unusual tiredness, or dark colored urine.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible: -allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue -dark urine -fever -joint pain -muscle cramps, pain -redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth -trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine -unusually weak or tired -yellowing of eyes or skin Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome): -constipation -heartburn -stomach gas, pain, upset
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.Read more...
- upset stomach or GI problems
- tendon problems
- memory loss
Keep out of the reach of children. Store at room temperature between 20 to 25 degrees C (68 to 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
Atorvastatin Calcium Oral tablet