Lipitor contains the active ingredient atorvastatin. It is only available with a doctor’s prescription.
Lipitor is used to lower high cholesterol levels. It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. In particular, Lipitor reduces the ‘bad’ cholesterol and can raise the ‘good’ cholesterol.
Lipitor comes as a tablet. Lipitor tablets should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water. The tablets should not be crushed or chewed.
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LIPITOR is indicated as an adjunct to diet for the treatment of patients with hypercholesterolaemia. Prior to initiating therapy with atorvastatin, secondary causes of hypercholesterolaemia (e.g. poorly controlled diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, nephrotic syndrome, dysproteinaemias, obstructive liver disease, other drug therapy, and alcoholism) should be identified and treated. LIPITOR is indicated in hypertensive patients with multiple risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD) which may include diabetes, history of stroke or other cerebrovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease or existing asymptomatic CHD (see Clinical Trials, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease) to reduce the risk of non-fatal myocardial infarction and non-fatal stroke. These effects do not replace the need to independently control known causes of cardiovascular mortality and morbidity such as hypertension, diabetes and smoking.
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