What happens if I miss a dose (Lipitor)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if your next dose is less than 12 hours away. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Lipitor)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Atorvastatin will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with atorvastatin and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.
What other drugs will affect atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
Many drugs can interact with atorvastatin. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- birth control pills;
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- conivaptan (Vaprisol);
- imatinib (Gleevec);
- isoniazid (for treating tuberculosis);
- spironolactone (Aldactone, Aldactazide);
- an antibiotic such as dalfopristin/quinupristin (Synercid), rifampin (Rifater, Rifadin, Rifamate), telithromycin (Ketek), and others;
- an antidepressant such as nefazodone;
- heart or blood pressure medication such as digoxin (Lanoxin), diltiazem (Cartia, Cardizem), nicardipine (Cardene), quinidine (Quin-G), verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan), and others;
- HIV/AIDS medicine such as atazanavir (Reyataz), delavirdine (Rescriptor), efavirenz (Sustiva, Atripla), indinavir (Crixivan), and others; or
- any other "statin" medication such as amlodipine and atorvastatin (Caduet), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), or simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin).
This list is not complete and there are many other drugs that can increase your risk of serious medical problems if you take them together with atorvastatin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about atorvastatin.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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