What is Lipitor Generic?
LIPITOR is a brand name of atorvastatin calcium, a synthetic lipid lowering agent. It belongs to a class of drugs known as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors or simply “statins”. Patients can Buy LIPITOR Online for prescribed uses given below:
LIPITOR is indicated to reduce levels of low density lipoproteins (LDL) or bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the patients having hyperlipidemia. Simultaneously, it increases the level of high density lipoproteins (HDL) or good cholesterol in them.
Administration of LIPITOR reduces the risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, revascularisation procedures and angina.
LIPITOR reduces the level of total cholesterol and LDL in patients having hypercholesterolemia. Similarly, it reduces the elevated triglycerides level in patients having hypertriglyceridemia and primary dysbetalipoproteinemia.
It is indicated as an adjunct to diet to reduce elevated levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL.
Side effects of LIPITOR:
Patients can purchase LIPITOR online. However, they should understand the possible adverse reactions which may be caused, due to it. The following symptoms could be observed due to administration of atorvastatin (LIPITOR)
Difficulty in swallowing, cough, fever, dizziness, fast heartbeats, muscle cramps, stiffness in muscles, swelling and weakness, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips and tongue, itching, skin rash and tightness in chest.
Drug and Food interactions with LIPITOR:
Patients buy LIPITOR online as per their physician’s direction. However, they should disclose their other medications to him that are been taken at the same time. This avoids any significant drug interactions if any. Some are noted below:
During treatment of LIPITOR (or statins) the risk of myopathy is increased if fibric acid derivatives, doses of niacin, cyclosporine, strong CYP 3A4 inhibitors like clarithromycin, HIV protease inhibitors or itraconazole are administered concurrently.
Caution should be exercised while co-administering colchicine with atorvastatin (LIPITOR) or the concurrent use may result into myopathy including rhabdomyolysis.
Concurrent use of oral contraceptives with LIPITOR should be avoided as it increases the AUC value of norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol. These increases should be considered while selecting any oral contraceptive for women.
Excessive grapefruit juice can increase the plasma concentration of atorvastatin (LIPITOR) as it contains one or more components that inhibit CYP 3A4. The excessive amount implies to more than 1.2 litres a day.
Warnings and precautions:
Patients can buy LIPITOR online but before administering the drug one should learn the precautions to be followed.
Patients having history of renal impairment should use LIPITOR with extreme care as it may result into a risk factor for rhabdomyolysis.
LIPITOR like other statins sometimes cause myopathy i.e. muscle aches or muscle weakness along with increase in value of creatine phosphokinase (more than 10 times). Thus, LIPITOR should be administered in patients under strict medical supervision.
Statins are associated with biochemical abnormalities of liver. Therefore, before starting LIPITOR therapy, it is recommended to obtain liver enzymes tests prior to initiating the therapy and repeating the tests as per clinical indications. If the test results are not normal during the treatment, then as per the physician’s direction, the LIPITOR therapy should be discontinued.
It is reported that use of statins including LIPITOR has shown increased values for HbA1c and fasting serum glucose. Therefore, such parameters during LIPITOR therapy should be monitored carefully.
Administration of LIPITOR in pregnant women and nursing mothers should be avoided as far as possible. Atorvastatin can cause foetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. It is not reported if atorvastatin is excreted in human breast milk. A drug from the same class of ‘statins’ is excreted in human breast milk! Therefore, caution should be exercised while administering LIPITOR to a pregnant woman or nursing mother. In fact, it should be administered only in ‘life threatening’ situations.