Lipitor (atorvastatin) is used to lower high blood levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (“bad”) cholesterol, and triglycerides (fats) in the blood, and to increase high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (“good” cholesterol). This lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Cholesterol attached to low density lipoprotein can clog arteries, slowing or stopping blood flow. When the coronary arteries, arteries that carry blood to the heart muscle, become blocked, the heart is unable to get oxygen, and heart tissue can die. This causes the chest pain called angina. If it is not corrected promptly, this oxygen starvation can cause permanent loss of heart muscle. When arteries carrying oxygen to the brain are clogged, brain tissue can become oxygen starved, and brain cells can die, forming a cerebrovascular accident, or stroke.
Atorvastatin is taken in tablet form, in a dose of 10 to 80 mg per day.
Common side effects:
- Lower back pain
- Side pain
- Pain or tenderness around cheekbones and eyes
- Pain or difficulty with urination
- Runny or stuffy nose
Because of these side effects, atorvastatin should not be prescribed routinely for high cholesterol, but only for high-risk patients according to certain criteria.
What Does Atorvastatin Cost–according to RxSaver.com four brands of pharmacy offer bottles of 90 tablets of atorvastatin tablets in a 40 mg strength for $14.24: Vons, Sav-On, Pavilions Pharmacy, and Albertsons-Safeway Pharmacy.
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