Atorvastatin or Lipitor is a lipid lowering drug which is able to lower low density lipoproteins up to 60%, compared to 20-40% for other lipid lowering drugs. It also significantly lowers triglyceride levels - up to 40%
Atorvastatin or Lipitor is a "statin" which is able to inhibit an enzyme in the body responsible for the manufacture of lipids
Atorvastatin or Lipitor is generally well tolerated, however it can cause constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, gas, and nausea. Some people may experience headache or muscle aches.
Because Atorvastatin or Lipitor can affect both the liver and kidney, people with conditions of either organ must use this drug with care. It is recommended that older people - over 65 years of age - should use the lowest effective dose possible.
In combination with other types of cholesterol lowering drugs, Atorvastatin or Lipitor has an additive effect. In combination with digoxin or erythromycin close monitoring is needed to avoid adverse effects.
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The relevant product monographs must be regarded as the appropriate sources of prescribing information.