Lipitor High Cholesterol Medicine

Lipitor® (atorvastatin calcium) is a prescription medication approved to treat several conditions, including high cholesterol. In general, cholesterol treatment begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes do not lower high cholesterol, medicine (such as Lipitor) may be necessary. As a statin medication, Lipitor works by blocking a particular enzyme, HMG-CoA reductase, which controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. This causes the liver to make less cholesterol.
The main goal of high cholesterol medication is to lower LDL cholesterol levels enough to reduce your risk for developing problems related to high cholesterol, such as heart disease or a heart attack. The higher your risk, the lower your LDL goal will be. Because Lipitor can lower LDL cholesterol (along with lowering total cholesterol and increasing HDL), taking the medication can lower a person's risk for developing cholesterol-related health problems.
In previous research studies, people taking Lipitor 10 mg were able to, on average, decrease LDL cholesterol by 39 percent, total cholesterol by 29 percent, triglycerides by 19 percent, and raise HDL by 6 percent. For higher dosages of the medication, the effect was even greater.
(Click Lipitor for a more in-depth look at Lipitor, a high cholesterol medicine. This article includes details on how Lipitor works, potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and what to tell your healthcare provider before using this medication.)
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