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Why it's used

Lipitor Tablet is a prescription medicine that is used to reduce the risk of heart diseases such as heart attack, chest pain and stroke. This medicine works by lowering the cholesterol and lipoprotein levels in the body. Lipitor Tablet is also used to reduce the high levels of cholesterol in the blood.
HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor
Lipitor belongs to the HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor class of medicines. HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors are a class of lipid-lowering medications, effective at lowering high cholesterol levels. These medicines also reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke or developing angina.

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How to use

Read the medicine guide provided by your pharmacist, your doctor, or the medicine company. If you have any questions related to Lipitor, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Use Lipitor Tablet as per the instructions provided by your doctor.
Lipitor is eaten with or without food. Follow the low-fat diet while undergoing treatment with Lipitor. Avoid breaking Lipitor tablets before its use. Lipitor is eaten This medicine can be taken as a single dose at any time of the day.

Typical Dosage

The typical dose of Lipitor for adults is 10 to 80 mg once daily. The usual dose for children is 10 mg/day. The maximum dose for adult patients of Lipitor is 80 mg once daily per day. Lipitor is commonly used at the same time every day.
This medicine is to be used for longer periods of time. Lipitor should be used as directed by the doctor even if you feel well, or even if you think that there is no need for you to use your medicine.

Talk to Your Doctor

Discuss with your doctor if your condition persists. Discuss with your doctor if muscle weakness, muscle pain, swelling of the face, swelling of the lips, swelling of the throat, difficulty in breathing, nausea, vomiting, dark-colored urine, stomach pain, and jaundice. Consult with your doctor before stopping the use of Lipitor.
Your doctor may prescribe a lower starting dose of this medicine to understand the impact on the body. Please follow your doctor's recommendations. A lower dose of this medicine may be recommended to reduce the risk of side-effects.

Use in Children

If you are giving Lipitor Tablet to a child, be sure to use a product that is for use in children. Use the child's weight or age to find the right dose from the product package or medicine label. You can also read the dosage section of this page to know the correct dose for your child. Else, consult with your doctor and follow their recommendation.

Limit Alcohol

Limit drinking alcohol with Lipitor. Avoid grapefruit juice while using Lipitor. Excessive consumption of grapefruit juice increases the level of Lipitor in the blood.

Lab Tests

Your doctor may request that specific lab tests be performed before you start using Lipitor Tablet. Your doctor may ask you to undergo Alanine Transaminase Blood | Aspartate Aminotransferase | Alkaline Phosphatase | Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase | Bilirubin Blood test. Liver enzyme tests are required before starting the treatment with Lipitor. Patients are advised to report the symptoms of liver injury which includes fatigue, abnormally low body weight, stomach discomfort, dark-colored urine or jaundice. Your doctor may request Cholesterol test. This test is needed while the selection of an appropriate dose for Lipitor.
Medicines may be recommended for uses other than those listed in the medicine guide. You should not use Lipitor Tablet for conditions or symptoms for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Lipitor Tablet to other people, even if they have the same conditions or symptoms that you have. The use of this medicine without the advice of a doctor may cause harm.

Storage

Follow storage instructions on the product package if available. Store Lipitor Tablet at controlled room temperature 20-25°C (68-77°F), and away from light. Store this medicine away from children and pets.

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How to take Lipitor

The dose and frequency of using Lipitor will depend on the following factors:
  • age of the patient
  • patient's health
  • the health of the patient's kidneys
  • medicines recommended by the doctor
  • any other medicines being used
  • herbal supplements being used
  • response to the medicine

Lipitor Dosage

Dosage for high levels of cholesterol in the blood

Adult
  • Recommended: 10-80 mg once daily as per patient needs such as the goal of therapy and drug response
  • Initial: 10-20 mg once daily

Dosage for high cholesterol levels genetic disorder

Adult
  • Initial: 10 mg/day
  • Maximum: 80 mg/day
Children (10-17 years)
  • Recommended: 10-20 mg orally once daily
  • Initial: 10 mg/day

Dosage for homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia

Adult
  • Recommended: 10-80 mg daily

Dosage for prevention of heart diseases

Adult
  • Recommended: 10 mg/day

Minimum Age

10 years

Dosage calculation for children

To calculate the dosage for children please use the weight based dose calculator to calculate the appropriate dosage as per the weight of your child.

Forms

Tablet
Strength: 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg, 80 mg

Missed Dose

A missed dose should be taken as soon as you remember it. However, if the time for the next dose is almost there, then the missed dose should be skipped, and the regular dosing schedule should be continued. Avoid taking a repeated dose to make up for a missed one.

Overdose

What to do if you overdose on Lipitor?
No specific antidote is available for an overdose of Lipitor. However, the treatment according to the symptoms should be given immediately. To reduce the harmful effects of an overdose of Lipitor liver function tests should be performed, and proper monitoring of creatinine kinase levels in the blood is required.
If you think you have overdosed on Lipitor Tablet, call a poison control center immediately. You can look up the poison control center information from the Poison Center Finder at TabletWise.com.

Precautions while using Lipitor

Before you use Lipitor, tell your doctor of your medical and health history including the following:
  • diabetes
  • high alcohol consumption
  • kidney problems
  • liver disease
  • muscle ache
  • muscle weakness
  • thyroid problem
Use of Lipitor in these medical conditions may cause serious side effects.
Before you use Lipitor, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or its ingredients. Your doctor may prescribe an alternative medicine and update your medical records to record this information.
Before having any surgery, discuss with your doctor and dentist about medicines you use including prescription medicines, non-prescription medicines, and herbal supplements.

Use when Pregnant

Lipitor is not safe for use in women who are pregnant. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you should discuss the impact on the fetus with your doctor before you start using this medicine. The safety and effective data is not available for this medicine in pregnant women. No lipid-lowering drug is found to be beneficial during pregnancy.

If Breastfeeding

Lipitor Tablet is not safe for use in women who are breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding, discuss with your doctor if you should either discontinue breastfeeding, or stop using this medicine during this period. It is unknown if this medicine passes into breast milk. But few drugs of same drug class may pass into breast milk.

If trying to Conceive

It is not known if this medicine is safe for use in women who are conceiving. Consult with your doctor before you use Lipitor.

Alcohol

Limit drinking alcohol with Lipitor. Consumption of alcohol may cause increased levels of Lipitor in blood.

Seizures

Lipitor can make you feel sleepy. Be careful, especially while driving, while using heavy machinery, or when doing any activity that needs you to be completely alert. The consumption of alcohol with Lipitor can worsen the sleepiness. Lipitor may cause seizures in some people. Hence, you should discuss with your doctor before performing any activities where a loss of consciousness may cause harm to you or others.

Side-effects in Older Patients

Older patients may have a higher incidence of side-effects when using Lipitor Tablet. Elderly patients may see an increased risk of muscular weakness.

Long-term Use

Patients using Lipitor for a long time may acquire interstitial lung disease characterized by symptoms like shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, weight loss and fever.

Lipitor Side-effects

The following side-effects may commonly occur when using Lipitor Tablet. If any of these side-effects worsen or last for a long time, you should consult with your doctor:
The following side-effects may commonly occur in older patients on the use of Lipitor Tablet. Discuss with your doctor if any of these side-effects last for a long time or are severe:
Rarely, the use of Lipitor Tablet may cause the following side-effects:
The following severe side-effects may also occur when using Lipitor Tablet:
  • Symptoms: increased blood glucose level
    In such case, the patients should be monitored carefully.
  • Symptoms: shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, weight loss fever
    If these symptoms appear, discontinue the use of this medicine.
  • Liver failure (possibly fatal)
    Discontinue the use of Lipitor in patients with liver failure.
  • Life-threatening allergic reaction
  • Low levels of thrombocytes
  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Low blood sugar levels
  • Life-threatening skin rashes (bullous rashes)
  • Eating disorder (anorexia)
Your doctor has prescribed this Lipitor because they have judged that the benefits outweigh the risks posed by side-effects. Many people using this medicine do not have serious side-effects. This is not a complete list of possible side-effects for Lipitor.
If you experience side-effects or notice other side-effects not listed above, contact your doctor for medical advice. You may also report side-effects to your local food and drug administration authority. You can look up the drug authority contact information from the Drug Authority Finder at TabletWise.com.

Warnings

Use of Lipitor in Diabetic Patients

The patients with fasting glucose levels in between 5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L, body mass index more than 30kg/m2, high levels of triglycerides and high blood pressure conditions are at an increased risk when using this medicine. Careful monitoring is required in such patients.

Galactose Intolerance or Lapp Lactase Deficiency

Avoid the use of this medicine in patients with family history of galactose intolerance or Lapp lactase deficiency.

Skeletal Muscle Defects

Use of this medicine may lead to increased risk of muscle pain, inflammation of the muscles and damaging of skeletal muscles. Such patients may have an increased risk of kidney failure. Discontinue the use of Lipitor for the treatment of muscular diseases.

Abnormal Functioning of the Liver

Such patients are at an increased risk when using this medicine. These patients may have increased levels of liver transaminases enzymes. This medicine should be used only after testing the levels of liver enzymes.

Temporary Blockage of Blood Flow to the Brain

Such patients are at an increased risk when using this medicine. These patients may have an increased risk of bleeding inside the brain due to rupturing of blood vessels (hemorrhagic stroke). Take necessary precautions before starting this therapy.

Endocrine Dysfunctioning

These patients may have increased levels of glucose in the blood. This medicine should be used with caution in such patients.

Long-Term Therapy

The patients using Lipitor for the long term may be at increased risk. These patients may have an increased risk of interstitial lung disease which is characterized by symptoms like shortness of breath, cough, fever, weight loss and fatigue. If it happens, discontinue the use of this medicine.

Interactions with Lipitor

When two or more medicines are taken together, it can change how the medicines work and increase the risk of side-effects. In medical terms, this is called as a Drug Interaction.
This page does not contain all the possible interactions of Lipitor Tablet. Share a list of all medicines that you use with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any medicines without the approval of your doctor.

Antilipemic Agents

Lipitor Tablet interacts with Antilipemic Agents such as gemfibrozil, which is used to decrease the amount of fats in body. Use of Lipitor may increase the risk of muscle weakness and damage to skeletal muscles in patients using gemfibrozil. Avoid the combined use of these medicines.

Immunosuppressants

There may be an interaction of Lipitor with Immunosuppressants such as cyclosporine, which is used to prevent organ rejection after transplantation. The absorption of Lipitor gets increased when used with cyclosporine. The combined use of Lipitor and cyclosporine should be avoided.

Antibiotics

Lipitor Tablet may interact with Antibiotics such as fusidic acid, which is used to treat skin infections. When Lipitor is used in combination with fusidic acid, may increase the risk of muscle pain and damage of skeletal muscles (rhabdomyolysis). Discontinue the use of Lipitor in patients receiving treatment of fusidic acid.

Antibiotics

Your doctor's guidelines may need to be followed while taking this medicine along with Antibiotics such as rifampin which is used to treat bacterial infections. Rifampin may lead to decreased levels of Lipitor in the blood.

Vitamin B3

Special instructions need to be followed while taking this medicine along with Vitamin B3, which is used as supplement to treat vitamin B3 deficiency. The combined use of Lipitor and niacin may increase the risk of skeletal muscle defects. The dose of Lipitor should be lower when using in combination with niacin (vitamin B3).

Azole Antifungals

Your doctor's guidelines may need to be followed while taking this medicine along with Azole Antifungals such as itraconazole, which is used to treat fungal infections. Use of 40 mg Lipitor and 200 mg itraconazole, may increase the level of Lipitor in the blood. When the dose of Lipitor exceeds 20 mg, the patients should take necessary precautions while using itraconazole.

Macrolide Antibiotics

Special instructions need to be followed while taking this medicine along with Macrolide Antibiotics such as clarithromycin, which is used as an antibiotic to treat bacterial infections. The use of Lipitor 80 mg with 500 mg of clarithromycin twice daily, may increase the level of Lipitor in the blood. Precaution should be taken while using Lipitor more than 20 mg.

Anti-Gout Agents

Lipitor Tablet interacts with Anti-Gout Agents such as colchicine, which is used to treat pain, redness and swelling related to high levels of uric acid in the joints (gout). Use of Lipitor and colchicine may cause muscle problems such as damage to skeletal muscles (rhabdomyolysis). Take necessary precautions while using both medicines in combination.

Oral Contraceptives

There may be an interaction of Lipitor with Oral Contraceptives such as norethindrone and ethinyloestradiol, which are used to prevent pregnancy. When Lipitor is used with oral contraceptives, the levels of norethindrone and ethinyloestradiol gets increased in the blood. Take necessary precautions while selecting an oral contraceptive for a woman taking Lipitor.

Cardiac Glycosides

Lipitor Tablet may interact with Cardiac Glycosides such as digoxin, which is used to treat heart diseases. When multiple doses of Lipitor and digoxin are used together, the level of digoxin gets increased in the blood. The patients using this medicine should be monitored carefully.

Antilipemic Agents

Lipitor Tablet interacts with Antilipemic Agents such as colestipol, which is used to lower blood cholesterol levels. When colestipol is used along with Lipitor, the levels of Lipitor and its active metabolites gets decreased.

Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

There may be an interaction of Lipitor with Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs such as ezetimibe, which is used to lower the levels of cholesterol in the blood. Use of Lipitor with ezetimibe may cause skeletal muscle related problems. Proper monitoring is required while using both medicines in combination.

Combination of Protease Inhibitors

Lipitor Tablet may interact with Combination of Protease inhibitors which are used to treat HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. The absorption of Lipitor gets increased when used simultaneously with the combination of protease inhibitors such as tipranavir and ritonavir. Dose monitoring of Lipitor should not be required more than 40 mg in patients taking the hepatitis C protease inhibitors such as nelfinavir.

Traveling With Medication

  • Ensure that you carry enough doses of each of your prescription medicines to last the entire trip. The best place to store your medicines is in the carry on baggage. However, while flying, if carrying liquid medicines, make sure you do not go over the limits imposed for carry-on liquids.
  • While traveling overseas, make sure that you can carry each of your prescription medicines legally to your destination country. One way to ensure this is by checking with your destination country's embassy or website.
  • Make sure that you carry each of your medicines in their original packaging, which should typically include your name and address, and the details of the prescribing doctor.
  • If your travel involves crossing time zones, and you are required to take your medicine as per a fixed schedule, make sure that you adjust for the change in time.

Expired Medication

Taking a single dose of expired Lipitor is unlikely to cause a side-effect. However, please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, if you feel unwell or sick. An expired medicine may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to use an expired drug. You are much safer by always keeping a fresh supply of unexpired medicines.

Safe Disposal of Medication

  • If there are disposal instructions on the package, please follow the instructions.
  • If there are medicine take-back programs in your country, you should contact the respective authority to arrange for the disposal of the medicine. For example, in the USA, the Drug Enforcement Administration regularly hosts National Prescription Drug Take-Back events.
  • If there are no take-back programs, mix the medicine with dirt and place them in a sealed plastic bag. Throw the plastic bag in your household trash. Separately, remove all personal information including the prescription label from the medicine packaging and then dispose off the container.
  • If specifically indicated on the medicine package that it needs to be flushed down the toilet when no longer needed, perform the required step.

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