Lipitor, known generically as Atorvastatin, is prescribed to patients to lower their triglycerides and cholesterol. We have two types of cholesterol which are LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol). LDL stands for low density lipoproteins and HDL stands for high density lipoproteins. It is the LDL which increases our risk for heart attacks.
Lipitor helps to stop the buildup of plaque from cholesterol and triglycerides. When is this medication prescribed? It’s prescribed for people when they can’t get their levels down even with a healthy diet and exercise. In other words, when lifestyle changes don’t help to lower your bad cholesterol levels your doctor might prescribe Lipitor or some other statin drug to lower it.
How is Lipitor administered?
You take it orally at night. Most doctors suggest you take it at bedtime with or without food. You don’t notice any big changes right away. It takes about 4 weeks to begin lowering your blood cholesterol level.
Is Lipitor given to children?
Unfortunately, due to improper diet and lack of adequate activity, children can also suffer from high LDL levels. Due to unhealthy lifestyles children can get grown up diseases. Lipitor is also given to some children when their blood cholesterol levels don’t come down to normal. Lipitor comes in chewable tablets so that it is easier for children to take them.
How does Lipitor work?
Lipitor works by gently dissolving the plaque that is already built up on the vessel walls. It also helps to keep new plaques from forming.
Is Lipitor safe?
There may be some side effects when you take Lipitor. Common side effects are diarrhea, joint pain and stomach pain. Your doctor will prescribe this drug or one like it if you cannot lower your cholesterol level on your own. However, the benefit of taking the drug needs to outweigh the risks of taking it.
It’s not safe to take Lipitor if you are taking certain types of medications. Some heart medications, birth control pills and antibiotics should not be taken if you are on Lipitor. Your doctor will need to know all of your medications from all your doctors prior to prescribing Lipitor, because some untoward drug interactions could occur and cause significant health problems. Your doctor should take labs every 3 months when you are on this medication to be sure the medication is working properly and that your liver and other internal organs are not being adversely affected.
I’m writing this article because I may need to go on Lipitor. I had my cholesterol and triglycerides checked 3 months ago, and the verdict was that I was approaching the danger zone. I had my tests taken again today and the results of the test will determine whether I need to go on meds or not. I should hear the verdict in a couple of days. I don’t want to go on the medication because of all of the side effects.
Lipitor in children