To use Lipitor properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.
Take atorvastatin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Excessive use of medication is not recommended.
Your diet may be changed to low-fat and low-cholesterol diet to help this medication take full effect.
This medication must be swallowed whole. Do not break, crush, or chew it unless your doctor told you to do so. You may take this medicine with or without food.
Avoid drinking alcohol while you are under this medication. Drinking alcohol with atorvastatin may increase your risk to liver damage.
Avoid drinking large amounts of grape juice if you are taking atorvastatin. Doing so can increase your risk of serious muscle and kidney problems.
Adults — starting dose 10 or 20 mg/day. You may need to start at 40 mg/day depending on the case. The dose may be adjusted by your doctor up to 80 mg per day.
Children 10 to 17 years of age — starting dose is 10 mg once a day. The dose may be adjusted by your doctor up to 80 mg per day.
Children younger than 10 years of age — Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is near for your next dose, skip the missed dose and start again to your regular dosing schedule.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. Store the medication in a cool and dry place.
Keep it away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep out of reach of children. Do not keep expired medications.
4 Precautions to Take
Before using Lipitor, there are some precautions you must take.
Your doctor will be checking you regularly to monitor the effectiveness of the medication. Blood tests may be ordered for undesirable effects.
Contraceptives must be used to keep you or your partner from getting pregnant. Tell your doctor immediately if you think you have become pregnant while using this medication.
This medicine may cause immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy. Check with your doctor if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness.
This medicine may cause kidney problems. Check with your doctor if you have dark-colored urine, fever, muscle cramps or spasms, muscle pain or stiffness, or unusual tiredness or weakness.
This medicine may cause liver damage. Check with your doctor if you have a headache, stomach pain, vomiting, dark-colored urine, loss of appetite, weight loss, general feeling of tiredness or weakness, light-colored stools, upper right stomach pain, or yellow eyes or skin.
Tell your doctor first that you are using this medication before undergoing any medical procedures. Do not take any other medication without discussing it first with your doctor.
5 Potential Side Effects
As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Lipitor.
If any of the following side effects occur, consult with your doctor right away:
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