Lipitor® (atorvastatin calcium) is a prescription drug often used for the treatment of high cholesterol. It is also approved to treat high triglycerides and to prevent cardiovascular disease.
It is a type of statin that works to lower cholesterol by blocking a particular enzyme in the body that controls the rate of cholesterol production. The medication, which comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day, is available in four different strengths: 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg, and 80 mg.
Lipitor tablets have been shown to increase the liver's ability to collect and get rid of LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol), decrease triglycerides, and increase HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol). Because Lipitor has these effects, taking the medication can also lower a person's risk for developing cholesterol-related health problems.
(Click Lipitor for more information about this medication, including what side effects may occur, when and how to take this drug, and what you should be aware of before starting treatment.)