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What is the Correct Lipitor Dosage?

Doctors most often prescribe Lipitor for treating high cholesterol. This statin actually lowers the amount of bad cholesterol- LDL- and increases the levels of HDL, or good cholesterol, in the body.

Generally, doctors will recommend a 10mg or 20mg dose each day to start with. Lipitor comes in 10mg tablets, and they are supposed to be taken around the same time every day. This helps your body to adjust to the drug and get used to working with it in a consistent way. If you switch around the dosage times a lot, it can mess with your body’s ability to benefit from the drug and cause your cholesterol levels to be all over the place.

You can take it with or without food, and you should take it with a glass of water. It should be swallowed whole.

Once you are used to the starting dose, your doctor may recommend that you increase it in order for the drug to remain effective. Increasing the dose allows for added benefits and better results. Increasing your dosage may be necessary as well if your body has started to get so used to the drug that it no longer has any real effect on your cholesterol levels. The doctor may advise you to increase your dosage to 40mg per day after 2-4 weeks. For those patients who need a major cholesterol change right away, this may actually be the starting dose.

The range of dosage for this drug is from 10mg to 80mg. It is not advisable to exceed 80mg per day.

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