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Lipitor is a statin drug containing atorvastatin which is prescribed to treat high cholesterol and lower the risk of heart attack and stroke in people with Type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Lipitor slows production of cholesterol and helps clear build-up on arterial walls (atherosclerosis) that can limit blood flow.
Atorvastatin should be used alongside lifestyle changes including eating a low-fat diet, exercising, stopping smoking and losing weight if you are overweight.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Lipitor exactly as prescribed.
Stop taking Lipitor and tell your doctor if you become pregnant.
Do not breast feed while you are taking atorvastatin.
Before taking Lipitor, inform your doctor if you have any of the following:
Common side effects of Lipitor include:
Contact your doctor if you experience these more serious side effects:
Can I drink alcohol while taking Lipitor?
Drinking alcohol while taking Lipitor can increase your risk of liver damage. Consume in moderation, and tell your doctor if you consume more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.
What is a cholesterol-lowering diet?
A cholesterol-lowering diet typically involves eating fewer sources of saturated and trans fats (full-fat dairy, fatty and processed meats, packaged snacks and pastries). Eat fewer processed foods, more vegetables, and sources of fiber like whole grains and vegetables. For complete cholesterol-lowering meal plans, your doctor may recommend a consultation with a nutritionist or dietitian.