Lipitor

Dietary Instructions

People taking this drug should not drink grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice can increase the levels of Lipitor in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing muscle problems. If you are being treated with Lipitor and want to continue drinking grapefruit juice, talk to your doctor about other cholesterol-lowering medications that you can take.
 
(Click Lipitor and Grapefruit for more information.)
 
As with any cholesterol medication, you should continue to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet as part of your program to lower cholesterol.
 

Dosing Information

The dose of Lipitor your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your age
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 
(Click Lipitor Dosage for more information.)
 

Potential Side Effects of Lipitor

As with any medicine, side effects are associated with Lipitor, but not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the drug well. If people do develop Lipitor side effects, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
 
Some of the most common side effects of this drug include:
 
Also, keep in mind that if you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, (especially if you also have a fever or feel ill), it is important to contact your healthcare provider immediately (see Lipitor and Muscle Weakness).
 
(Click Lipitor Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
 
You can learn about specific side effects in the following eMedTV articles:
 
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Lipitor Drug Information

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