Your Doctor Is Your Partner
Your doctor can help you reach your cholesterol and heart-health goals. And talking to your doctor is the first step. The more information you share with your doctor—about your lifestyle, your family history, and other risk factors—the better able you’ll be to manage your heart health. Together, you and your doctor can set realistic goals to help manage your risk factors.
Your goals might include:
- Lowering your bad cholesterol
- Losing weight
- Reducing blood sugar
- Quitting smoking
Reaching your goals will mean more than just 1 change in how you live your life. It may mean changes to your eating habits. It may mean exercising more. You may need a medication to manage your cholesterol levels.
Be sure to talk with your doctor about your expectations. Keep in mind that not everything can be "fixed" in 1 visit. Managing cholesterol and working toward being heart healthy is an ongoing process.
LIPITOR (atorvastatin calcium) tablets are not for everyone, including anyone who has previously had an allergic reaction to LIPITOR (atorvastatin calcium) tablets. It is not for those with liver problems. And it is not for women who are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant.
If you take LIPITOR (atorvastatin calcium) tablets, tell your doctor if you feel any new muscle pain or weakness. This could be a sign of rare but serious muscle side effects. Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and all medications you take. This may help avoid serious drug interactions. Your doctor should do blood tests to check your liver function before starting LIPITOR (atorvastatin calcium) tablets and during your treatment if you have symptoms of liver problems. Tell your doctor if you have diabetes. Elevated blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including LIPITOR (atorvastatin calcium) tablets.
Common side effects are diarrhea, upset stomach, muscle and joint pain, and changes in some blood tests.