Lipitor side effects

Lipitor side effects :
a look at Purpose, Interactions and Warnings

Lipitor is used with diet changes (restriction of cholesterol and fat intake) to reduce the amount of cholesterol and certain fatty substances in your blood. Accumulation of cholesterol and fats along the walls of your arteries (a process known as atherosclerosis) decreases blood flow and, therefore, the oxygen supply to your heart, brain, and other parts of your body. Lowering your blood level of cholesterol and fats may help to prevent heart disease, angina (chest pain), strokes, and heart attacks.

Lipitor side effects and interactions

It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly to lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and to decide if you should continue to take it.

Check with your doctor immediately if you think that you may be pregnant. Lipitor side effects have been observed as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors may cause birth defects or other problems in the baby if taken during pregnancy.

Before having any kind of surgery (including dental surgery) or emergency treatment, tell the medical doctor or dentist in charge that you are taking this medicine.

Do not take over-the-counter (OTC) niacin preparations without consulting your doctor. Niacin may increase atorvastatin's adverse effects on muscle, which can lead to serious kidney problems.

Do not use excessive amounts of alcohol while taking atorvastatin because it can worsen the adverse effects of this medicine on the liver.

Check with your doctor immediately if you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if it is accompanied by unusual tiredness or fever, because Lipitor side effects on muscle can lead to serious kidney problems.

Observed Lipitor side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Lipitor side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following Lipitor side effects occur:

Rarely Observed

Cough; difficulty swallowing; dizziness; fast heartbeat; hives; itching; muscle cramps, pain, stiffness, swelling, or weakness, especially if accompanied by unusual tiredness or fever; persistent elevation of liver function tests; puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips or tongue; shortness of breath; skin rash; tightness in chest; unusual tiredness or weakness ; wheezing.

Occasionally Observed

Blistering, peeling, loosening of skin; chills; dark-colored urine; diarrhea; fever; itching ; joint pain; large, hive-like swelling on face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, sex organs ; red irritated eyes; redness, tenderness, itching, burning, or peeling of skin; red skin lesions, often with a purple center sore; sore throat; sores, ulcers, or white spots in mouth or on lips.

Other Lipitor side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

Commonly Observed

Headache; hoarseness; lower back or side pain; painful or difficult urination ; pain or tenderness around eyes and cheekbones; stuffy or runny nose.

Less Commonly Observed

Abdominal pain; accidental injury; back pain; belching or excessive gas ; constipation; general feeling of discomfort or illness; heartburn, indigestion, or stomach discomfort; lack or loss of strength; loss of appetite; nausea; shivering; sweating; trouble sleeping; vomiting.

Other Lipitor side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

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