Lipitor 20mg Tablet is generally used in conjunction with a proper diet to help lower the ‘bad’ cholesterol and raise the ‘good’ cholesterol in the blood. Low-Density Lipoproteins or LDLs are referred to as the ‘bad’ cholesterol, whereas High-Density Lipoproteins or HDLs are called the ‘good’ cholesterol.
How Effective is Lipitor 20mg?
Lipitor 20mg Tablet is composed of Atorvastatin, which belongs to the group of medications known as Statins. It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver. The risk for various heart diseases is lowered significantly by a decrease in the ‘bad’ cholesterol and an increase in the ‘good’ cholesterol. Lipitor may work even better if other lifestyle changes are made along with the intake of a proper diet; like regular exercising, losing weight if you are overweight, and stopping the habit of smoking.
What Dose Should I Choose?
An adult or a child can generally take 1 to 4 Tablets of Lipitor 20mg a day, with or without food.
The specific dosage, timing, and quantity are prescribed by the doctor, depending on the patient’s condition, symptoms, reactions, and age. Do not take in different amounts than advised/prescribed by your doctor. Be careful if self-medicating. Make sure that the course of treatment is fully completed.
What are the side effects and Other Warnings When Taking Lipitor 20mg?
Every medicine has side effects. However, they are extremely rare.
Common side effects of Lipitor 20mg include;
- Mild memory issues
- Allergic reactions in case of Hypersensitivity to the drug or its components
Contact your doctor immediately if these or other side effects appear.
Its warnings include;
- Do not take it without your doctor’s consent.
- Notify your doctor if you have a prior condition, taking any medication, or have any allergies.
- Do not use this medication if you are pregnant, might become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant.
- Notify your doctor if you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed.
- Take regularly to gain maximum benefits.
- This medication may worsen the effects of Diabetes.
- Lipitor 20mg Atorvastatin is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to Escitalopram or other components present in this medicine.
- Atorvastatin is metabolized in the liver. As a result, if you have pre-existing liver problems, this medication is not suggested since it may cause Atorvastatin accumulation in your blood, increasing the chance of side effects. It may possibly cause more liver damage.
Elderly patients and patients with a history of alcohol abuse or liver disease, renal (kidney) impairment, hypothyroidism (low thyroid levels in blood), history of muscle toxicity or muscle disorders are sensitive to the drug. Liver function tests should be performed before and during the therapy. Advise patients to report unusual muscle weakness or pain, maintain creatinine kinase levels, and withdraw if liver > 5 x ULN. There may be a risk of Interstitial lung disease (inflammation and scarring of tissue that surrounds the lung’s air sacs, blood vessels, and airways); advise patients to report symptoms including dyspnea (difficulty in breathing), non-productive cough, fatigue (weakness), weight loss, fever. Risk of new onset of diabetes; risk factors include hypertension (high blood pressure), raised triglycerides, BMI, and fasting glucose at baseline. There is the risk of stroke and transient ischemic attack (a stroke that lasts for a few minutes in which blood supply to the part of the brain is briefly stopped).
What should you monitor while taking Atorvastatin?
Serum triglycerides, cholesterol, and LFTs should be evaluated before the start of therapy, and periodically thereafter.
How to store this medicine?
Please store the tablet form of this medicine at room temperature (18-25 Celsius). Keep the medicine away from excessive light and moisture. Please keep it away from children.
What should you not take with Atorvastatin?
Avoid high cholesterol and high-fat foods, excessive grapefruit or grapefruit juice, and excessive alcohol use.
What happens if you eat grapefruit while taking atorvastatin?
It contains a chemical that interferes with the body’s ability to break down statin medications.
What should I do if I forget to take atorvastatin?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. But do not take it if it has been more than 12 hours since the last dose.