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Lipitor, a Cholesterol-Lowering
Prescription Medication

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

How Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) Works to Fight Cholesterol Risks

Available in tablet form. Lipitor works in combination with a healthy diet and exercise to lower LDL cholesterol - the 'bad' cholesterol that poses significant health risks, and in raising the 'good' cholesterol known as HDL-C.

A test for liver disease or liver issues may be performed before an individual is prescribed Lipitor.

Who Shouldn't Take Lipitor

- pregnant women

- breastfeeding mothers

- women who may become pregnant

- individuals allergic to the ingredients in Lipitor

-  individuals taking certain medications that may react unfavorably with Lipitor

- individuals with liver issues

Be sure to inform your doctor if you take over the counter medicines, vitamins - including herbal supplements. In addition, let your doctor know about your alcohol intake, as well as kidney or thyroid issues.

Possible Side Effects of Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium)

Individuals should contact their doctor when experiencing the following while taking Lipitor:

- muscle aches & pain

- joint pain

- weakness, tiredness

- kidney problems including kidney failure

- color of urine may be effected

-  stomach upset, including nausea, vomiting & stomach pain

- skin and whites of eyes may turn yellow

- headache

- diarrhea or constipation

- gas

- rash, allergic reactions

Lipitor is manufactured by Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals and distributed by Parke-Davis in New York, NY.


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