Lipitor, also known as atorvastatin calcium, is used to reduce the amounts of bad LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, triglycerides and apolipoprotein B (a protein needed for the production of cholesterol) in your blood, while increasing the level of good HDL cholesterol in your blood.
It is an HMG CoA reductase inhibitor which blocks the production of cholesterol in the body.
When used correctly, Lipitor can reduce the risk of heart disease. It prevents the arteries from hardening which may cause heart attacks, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Lipitor comes in tablet form to be taken by mouth daily, at the same time everyday. It should be taken with a full glass of water, with or without food, as recommended by your doctor. Drinking alcohol while taking Lipitor can damage your liver.
Common side effects associated with this type of medication include headache, upset stomach, flatulence and skin rash. If you experience difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, hives, decreased amount of urine, rust colored urine, or blurred vision, contact your doctor immediately. If your side effects become severe or appear to be getting progressively worse, contact your doctor for immediate assistance.
Lipitor may be prescribed for other purposes, as directed by your doctor.