Lipitor: Lowering Cholesterol at itís
Why is this drug used
for lowering cholesterol?
Lipitor is used in lowering cholesterol. Your doctor may prescribe
Lipitor for lowering your cholesterol in addition to a special diet if
your blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels are high, and you've
been unable to reduce your readings by diet alone. This medication
works by helping to clear the low-density-lipoprotein (LDL
cholesterol-harmful) out of the blood and by limiting the ability of
the body to form new LDL cholesterol.
Your doctor may prescribe Lipitor for lowering cholesterol to reduce
your chance of having a heart attack or developing heart disease,
especially, if you have any of the following risk factors:
Age 55 years old or
Have a family
history of early heart disease
Have high blood
Have low levels of
HDL cholesterol, (high-density lipoprotein) the good cholesterol
These types of medications may be prescribed by your doctor for
lowering cholesterol if your LDL readings are 130 or more. For those
at low risk, medication may be considered at readings out of 190 or
What are some the
most important facts about this medication for lowering cholesterol?
Lipitor is usually only prescribed if diet, exercise and weight loss
have failed in lowering your cholesterol levels. It's important to
note that Lipitor and similar medications used in reducing
cholesterol are meant as a supplement rather than a replacement for
these environmental interventions. In order to get the full benefit
of using this type of medication, the key is to maintain a diet and
exercise program. All these efforts are very necessary in lowering
your risk of heart disease.
How should this
medication be taken?
Lipitor should be taken once a day with or without food. You can take
it either in the morning or evening but should always be taken at the
same time each day. This drug will usually begin working in lowering
your cholesterol within two weeks. Also, to get an even greater
effect, your doctor may prescribe Lipitor along with another lipid
lowering drug such as Questran or Colestid. However, it's important to
avoid taking two of these medications at the same time. Take Lipitor
at least one hour before or four hours after taking the other drug for
lowering your cholesterol.
information from The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs
Additional information and webpage by
Paul Susic M.A. Licensed
Psychologist Ph.D Candidate (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)