Lipitor Drug Information
Lipitor® (atorvastatin calcium) is a prescription drug commonly used for the treatment of high cholesterol and high triglycerides. It is also approved for preventing cardiovascular disease. The medication comes in tablet form and is typically taken once daily.
Lipitor belongs to a class of drugs known as statins. By blocking a specific enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body, the medication can increase HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol"), decrease triglycerides, and increase the liver's ability to collect and get rid of LDL cholesterol ("bad cholesterol").
Before using Lipitor, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, as well as any allergies you may have, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have any other medical conditions, such as liver or kidney disease.
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