Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a drug that can only be prescribed by a physician and it is an HMG CoA reductase inhibitor. Lipitor blocks the manufacturing of LDL (or bad) cholesterol in the human body. Lipitor is often prescribed for those who suffer from high cholesterol and it is also excellent when it comes to its ability to decrease the possibility of a heart attack as well as stroke in those individuals who have a number of different risk factors for developing heart disease. These risk factors include a family history of heart disease, age, smoking, high blood pressure and a person’s measure of “good” cholesterol or low HDL.
Lipitor is best for those people who have already tried making positive changes in their daily diets such as decreasing their intake of fatty and processed foods and exercising more often. When these two things have helped but not enough, then it is time for Lipitor.
Lipitor is also a good drug for those patients who suffer from type 2 diabetes and fall into a high-risk category for heart disease due to one or more other factors. These factors include an increased risk for those who smoke, have high blood pressure or experience complications from diabetes, two of the most common being protein deposits showing up in a urinalysis (or urine test) and diseases of the eye. In these individuals this drug works to decrease the chances that a stroke or heart attack will result.
This drug must be taken according to your doctor’s express orders. Food has no bearing on the drug so you can take it with food if you like or else take it on an empty stomach but always remember to take it with a glass of water. Lipitor must be taken regularly to achieve the desired results and it is preferable to take it at the same time every day, once a day.
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