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 Lipitor side effects you should be concerned about

Lipitor side effects

Lipitor side effects cannot be anticipated, but if you notice that any occur or intensify, you should notify your physician immediately.  Only your doctor can determine whether the Lipitor side effects that you are experiencing, will prohibit you from continuing this medication for reducing cholesterol. 

Lipitor side effects may include: 

Abdominal pain, abnormal heartbeat, accidental injury, allergic reaction, arthritis, back pain, bronchitis, chest pain, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, flu symptoms, fluid retention, gas, headache, indigestion, infection, inflammation of sinus and nasal passages, insomnia, joint pain, muscle aching or weakness, nausea, rash, stomach pain, urinary tract infection, weakness 

When should Lipitor not be prescribed? 

You should never take Lipitor when breast-feeding or pregnant.  You should also avoid it if you have liver disease or if you respond with an allergic reaction. 

Possible drug and food interactions when taking this medication for reducing cholesterol levels: 

You should be aware that Lipitor interacts negatively with some other drugs. Lipitor side effects and the effects of the other medications may be increased, decreased or altered by the interacting medications. You should always notify your doctor if you are taking this cholesterol lowering drug with any of the following medications: 

  • Antacids such as Maalox TC Suspension

  • Clofibrate (Atromid-S)

  • Colestipol (Colestid)

  • Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral)

  • Digoxin (Lanoxin)

  • Drugs that suppress the immune system

  • Erythromycin (E.E.S., Erythrocin, others)

  • Fenofibrate (Tricor)

  • Fluconazole (Diflucan)

  • Gemfibrozil (Lopid)

  • Itraconazole (Sporanox)

  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral)

  • Niacin ( Niaspan, Niacor, Slo-Niacin)

  • Oral contraceptives

Lipitor side effects and drug interactions can never be anticipated.  However, always contact your doctor immediately if you notice any negative interactions or Lipitor side effects when taking this cholesterol medicine.

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Additional information and webpage by Paul Susic M.A. Licensed Psychologist Ph.D Candidate (Health and Geriatric Psychologist) 

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