Lipitor

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Order the popular statin Lipitor online from our online doctors at an affordable price and save the hassle of visiting your GP and the pharmacy. For those who have already been on this medicine for a minimum of three months, we offer a repeat supply of Lipitor for 3 or 6 months posted to your chosen address in discreet packaging.

Lipitor contains the active ingredient atorvastatin  which is used to lower cholesterol. Simply fill in a short questionnaire and follow the steps to place your order and let our doctors and the pharmacy handle the rest.

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40mg84 tablets99.99
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About

What is Lipitor?

Lipitor is a type of lipid-regulating medicine containing the active ingredient atorvastatin. Statins such as Atorvastatin work in combination with a healthy lifestyle and diet to lower cholesterol in patients at high risk of heart attack or stroke.

How does Lipitor work?

The liver produced a substance called cholesterol, which is vital for the functioning of all cells in the body. While a high level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or ‘good’ cholesterol, in the blood is healthy, a high level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the ‘bad’ cholesterol, can build up in your arteries and lead to a heart attack or stroke. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including eating a balanced diet that is low in saturated fat and exercising regularly, is the best way to reduce levels of LDL in the blood. In addition, Lipitor works by reducing the amount of LDL produced by the liver and is prescribed to patients at high risk of heart attack or stroke.

How long does Lipitor take to work?

Lipitor is most effective when taken long-term with the appropriate lifestyle. If taken correctly, your cholesterol levels should begin to drop noticeably within 4 weeks.

How long do I need to take Lipitor for?

Statins such as Lipitor are usually taken for life, as the benefits wear off once treatment ends. They are usually only prescribed to patients at high risk of developing heart disease, such as those with a history of stroke or heart attack. The benefits of statins increase over time, and coming off them suddenly can be very dangerous. Never stop taking statins without first consulting a doctor. 

Ingredients

Active ingredients

The active ingredient in Lipitor is atorvastatin calcium.

Inactive ingredients

The inactive ingredients in Lipitor are calcium carbonate, candelilla wax, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, Opadry White YS-1-7040 (hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, talc, titanium dioxide), polysorbate 80, simethicone emulsion.

Dosage

How to take Lipitor

Always take Lipitor as instructed by a doctor. Before starting this medication, your doctor will start you on a low-fat diet. Take one tablet per day at the same time each day. To help you remember, try and make this a part of your daily routine - for example, take your tablet when you brush your teeth in the morning.

If you forget to take a tablet, try and remember to take it within 12 hours. If 12 hours has already passed, just skip the dose and take your next tablet at the scheduled time. Never take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Lipitor dosage

Lipitor can be purchased as 10 mg, 20 mg or 40 mg tablets, to be taken once daily as instructed by a doctor.

Side Effects

Lipitor side effects

Like all medications, Lipitor can cause side effects in some patients. Very rarely, these side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following, consult your doctor immediately:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, difficulty breathing, wheezing and fever
  • Muscle weakness, tenderness, or pain without explanation, especially in combination with a fever or feeling of fatigue
  • Signs of a liver problem, including fatigue and weakness, loss of appetite, pain in the upper abdomen, dark coloured urine, yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes
  • Nausea and vomiting

More common side effects are not usually dangerous, and can include:

  • Diarrhoea and upset stomach
  • Join and muscle pain
  • Alterations in some laboratory blood tests
  • Fatigue
  • Tendon problems
  • Memory loss and confusion

Contraindications

Do NOT take Lipitor if:

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients in this medication
  • You are pregnant, thin you are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant
  • You are breastfeeding
  • You have liver problems

Before starting Lipitor, tell your doctor if:

  • You have muscle aches or weakness
  • You drink a lot of alcohol or have a history of alcohol abuse
  • You have diabetes
  • You have thyroid problems
  • You have kidney problems  

Drug interactions

Before starting Lipitor, tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, including those bought over the counter without a prescription. In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any medications for your immune system, cholesterol, infections, birth control, heart failure, HIV or AIDS.

How to cope with Lipitor side effects

Like all medications, Lipitor can cause side effects in some patients. Your doctor will prescribe a low dose to start with and gradually increase it at intervals of at least 4 weeks if necessary. If you experience troublesome side effects, consult your doctor about the possibility of switching to a different statin or high-cholesterol medication. Most side effects are mild, the most common being muscle pain or cramps. To relieve cramps, try doing daily stretching exercises and wearing compression stockings. Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes and keep your arms and leg muscles warm. Your doctor may also recommend taking magnesium supplements.

What food and drink to avoid when taking Lipitor

While taking Lipitor, avoid drinking too much grapefruit juice, as it can increase the concentration of this medication in your system. Drink no more than 2 glasses per day, and never within an hour of taking your medication.

You can drink alcohol while taking this medication, but you are advised not to drink more than the recommended 14 units per week. Too much alcohol can increase the effectiveness of Lipitor, which can be dangerous. 

Treatment Options

Lipitor vs other statins

The 5 types of statins available on prescription in the UK are Atorvastatin (Lipitor), Fluvastatin (Lescol), Pravastatin (Lipostat), Rosuvastatin (Crestor) and Simvastatin (Zocor). The main difference between them is their lowering effect on cholesterol levels. Low-intensity statins such as Fluvastatin, Pravastatin and Simvastatin are sufficient for lowering the cholesterol in the majority of patients. If a doctor feels you are at higher risk, or that a higher dosage is needed, they may prescribe a high intensity statin such as Atorvastatin or Rosuvastatin. Different statins can have different side effects and may affect people in different ways. If you are worried about troublesome side effects, your doctor may chose to prescribe you a different type of statin.

Lifestyle changes to reduce cholesterol

The best way to reduce cholesterol levels is to make changes to your lifestyle, and before prescribing statins your doctor will place you on a low-cholesterol diet. Cut down on foods that are high in saturated fats, such as fatty or processed meats, butter and lard, cream and ice cream, cheese (particularly hard cheese) cakes, biscuits, chocolate, and products containing coconut or palm oil. Exercising regularly is imperative, as is losing weight healthily if you are overweight. You should also try to cut down on alcohol and caffeine and, if you haven’t already done so, quit smoking.

Q&A

Can you take Lipitor when pregnant?

Do not take Lipitor if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, are planning on becoming pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

What is the difference between high density and low density proteins?

High-density lipoproteins (‘good cholesterol’) are beneficial to the body, while low-density proteins (‘bad cholesterol’) can be dangerous. High levels of ‘bad cholesterol’ can lead to a heart attack or stroke and it is therefore essential to reduce levels of high cholesterol.

How can I tell if Lipitor is making a difference?

You will not be able to feel Lipitor working, but your doctor may wish to conduct regular blood tests to monitor your blood cholesterol levels. If you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, Lipitor will work to its full potential.

Is Lipitor a cure?

Lipitor is not a cure for high cholesterol, and blood cholesterol levels will rise again if this medication is stopped. For this reason, Lipitor is usually taken for life and, when used in combination with the correct lifestyle changes, is an effective means of lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease.

Can I drive when taking Lipitor?

You can drive while taking Lipitor.

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