A high level of cholesterol can worsen the work of the vessels and lead to severe cardiovascular diseases. It is easier to prevent these complications than to treat them, and therefore patients with increased level of cholesterol are recommended to take Lipitor.
Lipitor is a brand name of Atorvastatin which has been approved by FDA to prevent and treat diseases caused by the high level of cholesterol in the blood.
The main task of Lipitor is to prevent a formation of “bad” cholesterol and improve the work of the cardiovascular system. The mechanism of the pharmacological action of Lipitor consists in the inhibition of enzymes which activate a process of synthesis of styrene (including cholesterol) on the initial level.
A regular use of Lipitor helps to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood plasma by 45%, low-density lipoproteins – by 60% and triglycerides – by 30%. It has been medically proved that a regular preventive use of Lipitor helps to avoid myocardial infarction, stroke and lower the death rate because of the high level of cholesterol in the blood.
Lipitor is released in the pills of white color and oval shape. The pills have a dose (amount of the active ingredient Atorvastatin). The Lipitor pills may contain 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg or 80 mg of the active ingredient.
Who is prescribed Lipitor?
Lipitor is prescribed patients with high level of cholesterol who are in high-risk group, and diet and physical activity do not help to regulate the cholesterol level in the blood. Indications for the use of Lipitor are:
– Primary Hypercholesterolemia
– increased triglycerides
– combined (mixed) hyperlipidemia
The scheme of the prevention and treatment of hypercholesterolemia are prescribed individually. The main task of a doctor is to detect the cholesterol level in the blood plasma and examine a cardiovascular system. The higher the risk of the complications is, the higher the dose should be.
The treatment is usually started from the dose of Lipitor 10 mg per day. The first result can be noticed in 15 days after the beginning of the treatment. Depending on the results of the analysis of the blood, it is possible to take a solution about the increase of the daily dose. The increase of the daily dose of Lipitor should be gradual, by 10 mg per week.
The maximal daily dose of Lipitor is 80 mg. the Lipitor pills are used at any time, during meals or regardless of eating.
– to increase the effect of Lipitor, it is necessary to lower the consumption of fatty meals and also increase a physical activity
– if severe pathologies of liver, Lipitor is contraindicated
– children and teenagers under 18 years old are not recommended to use Lipitor
A side effect of Lipitor is peculiar for the first two weeks of the treatment. A patient may experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, buzzing in ears, and rapid urination.
All side effects have a reversible effect and pass within 2 weeks. If it did not happen, and the side effects became stronger, go to a doctor.