When used in conjunction with a healthy, low-fat diet, Lipitor significantly reduces the amount of LDL cholesterol in the blood. The accumulation of cholesterol in the arteries can result in heart disease, angina and strokes that are brought on by a decrease in the amount of blood flowing to the body’s vital organs.
Lipitor comes in tablet form to be taken orally once a day. It is not necessary to take Lipitor with food. For best results take the dose at the same time every day. The doctor may start you on a low dose and then gradually increase it. Do not stop using Lipitor without speaking to your doctor.
If a dose is missed, it can be taken as soon as you remember, as long as it does not clash with the next scheduled dose. In this case, rather skip the missed dose. Never take a double dose.
During treatment with Lipitor, alcohol should be used moderately to reduce the risk of liver damage. Avoid grapefruit juice while using Lipitor – this combination can lead to dangerous side-effects. Speak to your doctor about the use of alcohol and grapefruit products.