What is Lipitor?
Lipitor is a “statin” medication that can help to reduce high cholesterol in particular LDL (low density lipoproteins) and triglyceride levels in the body. This in turn may contribute to preventing long-term vascular problems. When combined with a diet consisting of healthy eating and daily exercise, Lipitor (atorvastatin) is known to reduce the risk of diseases and stroke.
How does it work?
Lipitor is the branded version of the statin atorvastatin. The main function of such statins is to limit the ability of the enzymes that produce the “bad cholesterol” (LDL) in the liver. By decreasing the levels of “bad” cholesterol present, the body will instead produce more of the “good” cholesterol (HDL). This in turn helps to create more blood cells and hormones, but due to the activity of these lipoproteins, there will not be a clogging of the arteries nor damage to the heart in the long term.
If you suffer from high cholesterol, you can be at risk of serious heart problems if it is left untreated. Some patients can lessen their cholesterol levels by improving their lifestyles, such as an improved diet and increasing the amount of exercise performed. In some cases, however, taking a statin such as Lipitor is necessary to help reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels when lifestyle changes are not providing enough benefit.
This treatment benefits the user by reducing the amount of LDL cholesterol produced in the body. It can additionally help to raise the amount of good cholesterol (HDL) present in the body, and can help to lessen the risk of heart conditions, stroke angina, or blood clots.
Who can use Lipitor?
Most people over the age of 18 can buy Lipitor (atorvastatin) to help lower their cholesterol levels. This treatment should only be used if a doctor has confirmed through a test that you have consistently high levels of cholesterol in your body.
Who cannot take Lipitor?
It is not advised to buy Lipitor if:
- You are currently pregnant or breastfeeding
- You are allergic to its active ingredient, atorvastatin or any of its other ingredients
- You have liver disease
- You have suffered from stroke or have a kidney or thyroid problem
It is essential that you mention in your medical consultation any medication you are currently taking, as this may influence your suitability for this statin treatment.
When looking to use this treatment, ensure you read the patient information leaftlet carefully to ensure you are aware of all the usage allowances and limits. Basic usage guideline include:
- You should avoid eating grapefruit if you are taking Lipitor as it can impair the effectiveness of the treatment
- This medication should not be used if you have consumed a large amount of alcohol
- It is available in dosages of 10mg, 20mg, 40mg, and 80mg tablets, but the dosage used should be as prescribed by your doctor
- If buying Lipitor for the first time, it is usually recommended to begin with the lowest dose. If this does not provide the required results and no side effects are experienced then you may be able to increase to a higher doesn’t
- Lipitor (atorvastatin) should be taken once daily at any time during the day, but should be taken around that same time consistently thereafter
- Lipitor can be taken with or without food, and the tablet should be swallowed whole and not crushed
It is advised to be on a low-fat diet when taking this treatment. If you do happen to forget to take your daily dose then take it as soon as you remember. Do not take more than one dose of the medication at the same time.
Lipitor Side Effects
All prescription treatments carry a risk of causing side effects during use. These are usually mild and often disappear after a few days of use when the body adjusts to the medication. Some of the more well-known side effects that may be experienced when using Lipitor (atorvastatin) include:
- Headaches, muscle aches, nausea, inflammation of the nasal airways and fatigue
A small minority of patients experience an allergic reaction when using this medication, in this event, immediate medical help should be sought. Indications of an allergic reaction include swelling of the face, throat or lips and severe itching of the skin.
Can I buy Lipitor online without prescription?
You can buy Lipitor online after you have completed our free online medical consultation. Your answers will be evaluated by one of our doctors to determine whether Lipitor and the dosage selected is best for you. I the treatment is approved, a prescription will be sent to our UK pharmacy. Here it will be packaged and dispatched to you within 24 hours by the Royal Mail or UPS courier service in the UK and around the world.
FAQs – Lipitor (atorvastatin)
What are statins used for?
Statins are used to lower high cholesterol levels in the body, in particular, reducing the amount of LDL (low density lipoprotein) produced by the liver thereby lowering the chance of future vascular problems
How do statins work to lower cholesterol in the body?
HMG-CoA is the active enzyme that produces LDL (bad) cholesterol in the liver. Statins are in a class of medication known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors that work by inhibiting the action of this enzyme which in turn reduces the amount of LDL produced whilst positively affecting HDL.
What are the different types of statins available?
In the UK, there are currently 5 types of statins available for the treatment of high cholesterol, these include:
- Simvastatin, fluvastatin, atorvastatin, pravastatin and rosuvastatin
Whilst all these statins work in the same way to lower LDL (low density lipoproteins) production, they also have minor differences that are beneficial for specific users. For example, certain statins as well as reducing the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol also promote increased levels of HDL ‘good’ cholesterol. Other statins work for a longer period in the body, whilst others are absorbed by the body at a faster rate.
Can I lower my risk of heart disease if I lower my cholesterol?
Yes, consistently high levels of cholesterol in particular LDL (bad) can have a long term effect on the body’s vascular function. This is due to the plaque build up in the arteries due to fatty deposits because of the lipids and triglycerides contained in LDL. By lowering your cholesterol levels, the body does not have to work harder to pump blood around the body, and there is less chance of cardiac arrest, as the arterial walls would not be clogged up by the fatty deposits.
Can statins increase the risk of diabetes?
It has been highly debated regarding the link of statins and diabetes, and the question – can statins cause diabetes? Studies have shown that the use of statins can increase the blood sugar levels in the body which could lead to type 2 diabetes. It is essential that tests are carried out before and during statin treatment as your doctor can safely advise if it is wise to continue statin treatment. In general terms though, it is said that the benefits of statin treatment outweigh the risks.
Can Lipitor help you lose weight?
There is still a lot of confusion in regards to the secondary side effects when using Lipitor (atorvastatin) whilst some people claim that they have gained some weight during use, a large majority of users also report that the treatment may cause a loss of appetite resulting in gradual weight loss. As each individual reacts differently to medication, it is not conclusive to state whether lipitor can help someone lose weight or gain weight.
What foods to avoid when taking Lipitor (atorvastatin)
There are certain foods, supplements and medication that react adversely when taken in combination with Lipitor. These include alcohol, grapefruit or grapefruit juice.
- Why can’t I eat grapefruit while taking Lipitor?– the main issue behind the interaction of grapefruit and grapefruit juice and many medication is in one of its active ingredients – furanocoumarins. Medical specialists state that this chemical compound inhibits an enzyme in the body that balances the absorption of the medication into the bloodstream. Taking this fruit may increase the intensity or risk of the side effects associated with the treatment.
- Taking statins with alcohol– if alcohol is consumed when using this treatment, the liver has to react and deal with the alcohol and cannot act upon the effects of atorvastatin, therefore the combination of both can damage the liver