Lipitor

(10 customer reviews)

Astorvastatin, commonly known as Lipitor is part of a group of medications known as statins, which are used for lowering blood cholesterol levels. Its anti-inflammatory mechanisms also make Lipitor suitable for slowing down the accumulation of plaque in the arteries and preventing strokes.
 
Like all types of statins, Lipitor works by slowing down HMG-CoA reductase (an enzyme that is found in the liver tissue which is responsible for producing cholesterol in the body). Being a very effective drug, Lipitor is one of the best selling branded medications today.
 

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How does Lipitor work?

Lipitor is used to treat patients who have high cholesterol levels in their blood, including patients who have inherited certain cholesterol disorders. When taking Lipitor, you must also see to it that you shift to a good lifestyle (proper diet, quit smoking, and have a regular exercise program).

Lipitor works by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase in order to lessen cholesterol in the blood. It lessens the total amount of the low density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol” and increases the high density lipoprotein (HDL) or the “good cholesterol” levels at the same time. Lipitor has been proven to help reduce the risks associated with heart conditions, including heart attacks.

Lipitor also works as a treatment for reducing the risk of stroke and heart attacks in patients who are hypertensive (patients who have high blood pressure) and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but who do not experience symptoms that are associated with heart disease.

Lipitor can also help to reduce cholesterol levels in patients who are between 10 and 17 years old (adolescents) with increased cholesterol levels and a family history of early heart disease.

How do I take Lipitor?

Before taking Lipitor, you must see to it that you have already shifted to a healthy lifestyle. You can consult a health care expert to discuss how you can lead a healthy lifestyle.

Usually, the starting daily dosage of Lipitor for adults is low (once a day), then it gradually increases (in grams, not in number of intakes) depending on how the patient responds to the treatment. For best results, it is preferred that Lipitor be taken in the evening, with or without food. On the other hand, the allowed dosage for children from 10 to 17 years old is not more than once a day, depending on the recommendation of your doctor.

Are there side effects?

In some cases, patients who are taking Lipitor may experience adverse effects such as:

  • UTI (urinary tract infection)
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Peripheral edema
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain

Once you start to experience these side effects, it is advised that you consult your doctor immediately.

Can I buy Lipitor online?

Buying Lipitor online is straightforward and confidential. You can do this in the comfort of your home. However, you must first see to it that you secure a prescription through a free online consultation with a doctor. After doing so, your medication will be sent to you the following day.

10 reviews for Lipitor

  1. carolo43

    I’ve been on Lipitor (Atorvastin) 40mg for about 6 years and complained about leg cramps for 5 of those years. All I kept hearing was the “low on potassium” with never a solution. The cramps have been unrelenting and at times, all day long. Legs, feet, toes, fingers. Talking to a friend about this the other day, she said she had to stop taking Lipitor due to leg cramps. Well, knock me down. I never associated this cramping with my cholesterol medication. I stopped taking it a week ago and haven’t had one single cramp! Now I have to find another cholesterol medication but it sounds like all of them can have this side effect.
    Drugs.com Reviewed April 5, 2015

  2. Harold Sr.

    I have been taking Lipitor for 8 years now with no problems whatsoever.
    Drugs.com Reviewed April 27, 2015

  3. Reruho

    At 40 mg, lipitor was too effective for me. My Total Cholesterol dropped from the 230’s down to 138 in 4 weeks. The doctor covering for my regular doctor was thrilled. Then the other nasty effect of the Lipitor kicked in, the anger. It made me want yell and scream how much of an idiot he was when he disagreed that my cholesterol was too low. How dare that man question me about my mood? It is a very aggressive anger that makes you want to snap. I suggested reducing the dose by half and retesting. 4 weeks later my TC was 158 and my LDL was still less 100, my regular doctor was happy with that. The best part was anger was gone and I felt better. My regular doctor never heard about this anger side effect.
    Drugs.com Reviewed August 5, 2015

  4. Skip69

    I am 65 and active, to include hiking, walking in the gym yard work, etc.. Been on 10 mg of Lipitor or generic for 20 years. Within the past 2 years I have experienced increased lower leg discomfort and within the past year what appears to be lower leg muscle loss, chronic plantar fascia, leg muscle tingling, and a feeling of weakness in my lower legs. My primary care doc, who is Lipitor intolerant, attributed it all to age, cervicle stenosis, etc. Have quit Lipitor and Prylosec (been on this for 10 years) and will readdress with my doctor (who’s an internal medicine doctor) when I can get in to see him again in 3 weeks. Some remediation of mental fogginess which has plagued me recently, but to date no releaf on leg issues.
    Drugs.com Reviewed April 28, 2016

  5. 98zeitgeist78

    Here is the trouble with these sites – the skew towards horror stories. There is also a handful who claim that statins are “poison” and “should be taken off the market”. This is, clearly, an overreaction by those who have the adverse reaction, which – despite what you would think from reading these reviews – are very low frequency events. Statins are probably as close to a wonder drug as modern pharmacology has ever gotten. Yes, there are those who are intolerant, allergic, or simply confused as to the genesis of their symptoms. The truth is, statins work for the vast majority of people taking them, and they work well. Having said this, I am also perplexed as to why some folks in their later 70s or even 80s are taking them?
    Drugs.com Reviewed August 14, 2016

  6. Senor Citizen

    Atorvastatin did lower my cholesterol quite a bit, but within the first couple of weeks I developed muscle pain in the back of one knee. After another week, I developed muscle pain in the calf of the other leg. My doctor doesn’t think this was caused by Atorvastatin. He believes it is arthritis. He ordered an xray of knee and blood test for liver function. Waiting for results. If pain is from arthritis. I will continue taking medicine. If Atorvastatin is affecting muscles or liver, I may discontinue or ask to switch to another statin.
    Drugs.com Reviewed November 1, 2016

  7. Sensitive to all meds

    I started taking generic lipitor in February/March 2017. My lab work came back and total cholesterol was 311. At first I started taking 20mg a day. By the 9th day I was an emotional mess. Anxiety, anger, confusion, leg pain, stomach pain and heartburn. I decided to take the 20mg every other day. All the side effects disappeared. Works great. I heard back from my Dr who says to continue the every other day dosage because its working and its tolerable for me.
    Drugs.com Reviewed May 31, 2017

  8. S.R.

    Have been taking low dosage of this drug for 10 years. It’s very effective. Has lowered my cholesterol dramatically, combined with exercise and low fat diet.
    Drugs.com Reviewed January 11, 2018

  9. Rlanguasco

    I have been on Lipitor for 6 months. My cholesterol went down from 220 to 156, I was tested 2 months ago, therefore I hope it is going down. Fortunately, I don’t have any side effect, Thank goodness.
    I have been on Lipitor for 6 months. My cholesterol went down from 220 to 156, I was tested 2 months ago, therefore I hope it is going down. Fortunately, I don’t have any side effect, Thank goodness.
    Drugs.com Reviewed March 18, 2018

  10. DUKSTER

    Been taking 20mg for 3 months. Zero side effects. Triglycerides were 311. Most recent blood test showed 125, which is in normal range. Good cholesterol was 23. Now is 50. Very effective drug. Sorry to all those people who are having negative side effects. Try something else and good luck. All medications work for some and not others. Telling people not to try this drug because it didn’t work for you is just plain ignorant. The world doesn’t revolve around you.
    Drugs.com Reviewed July 1, 2018

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