Lipitor is prescribed for lowering the level of blood cholesterol. It works best when combined with a proper diet and exercise program. It helps in reducing the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or harmful cholesterol in the body.
How to use Lipitor
The ideal way to use Lipitor is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Lipitor may be taken with or without a meal.
Preferably, Lipitor should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Lipitor without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Lipitor to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Lipitor between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Lipitor in the bathroom.
Although there are no reported cases of a Lipitor overdose, you must contact your doctor immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Consult your doctor before using Lipitor if you have a chronic muscular disease, require major surgery, or have a blood disorder, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Lipitor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure) or have liver damage.
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Lipitor as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy and increases your risk towards liver damage. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
Lipitor is in the pregnancy category X.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Lipitor as Lipitor may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Lipitor is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.