How Do LIPITOR (atorvastatin calcium) Tablets Help Manage High Cholesterol?
Before taking any medicine, it's good to know how it works. LIPITOR (atorvastatin calcium) tablets are a statin. Statins lower cholesterol in the body by blocking an enzyme in the liver. The body uses this enzyme to make cholesterol. When less cholesterol is made, the liver uses more of it from the blood. This results in lower levels of cholesterol in the blood.
Along with a low-fat diet, LIPITOR is clinically proven to lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol by 39%-60% (average effect depending on dose).
If you have high cholesterol, it's important you be proactive about your health. Having high cholesterol levels can make you more likely to have a heart attack. Talk to your doctor about your risk and if LIPITOR is right for you.
LIPITOR (atorvastatin calcium) tablets are not for everyone, including anyone who has previously had an allergic reaction to LIPITOR (atorvastatin calcium) tablets. It is not for those with liver problems. And it is not for women who are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant.
If you take LIPITOR (atorvastatin calcium) tablets, tell your doctor if you feel any new muscle pain or weakness. This could be a sign of rare but serious muscle side effects. Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and all medications you take. This may help avoid serious drug interactions. Your doctor should do blood tests to check your liver function before starting LIPITOR (atorvastatin calcium) tablets and during your treatment if you have symptoms of liver problems. Tell your doctor if you have diabetes. Elevated blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including LIPITOR (atorvastatin calcium) tablets.
Common side effects are diarrhea, upset stomach, muscle and joint pain, and changes in some blood tests.