Taking LIPITOR® (atorvastatin calcium) | Safety Info

Things to know when taking LIPITOR

Who should not take LIPITOR?

Do not take LIPITOR if you:

  • Are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant. LIPITOR may harm your unborn baby. If you get pregnant, stop taking LIPITOR and call your doctor right away.
  • Are breast-feeding. LIPITOR can pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby.
  • Have liver problems.
  • Are allergic to LIPITOR or any of its ingredients. The active ingredient is atorvastatin.

Before you start LIPITOR

Tell your doctor if you:

  • Have muscle aches or weakness
  • Drink more than 2 glasses of alcohol daily
  • Have diabetes
  • Have a thyroid problem
  • Have kidney problems

Some medicines should not be taken with LIPITOR. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including:

  • Prescription and nonprescription medicines
  • Vitamins
  • Herbal supplements

LIPITOR and certain other medicines can interact, causing serious side effects. Tell your doctor if you are taking any medicines, especially those for:

  • Your immune system
  • Cholesterol
  • Infections
  • Birth control
  • Heart failure
  • HIV or AIDS

Know all the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.

Taking LIPITOR

How should I take LIPITOR?

Take LIPITOR exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change your dose or stop LIPITOR without talking to your doctor.

Your doctor may do blood tests to check your cholesterol levels during your treatment with LIPITOR. Your dose of LIPITOR may be changed based on these blood test results.

Take LIPITOR each day at any time of day at about the same time each day. LIPITOR can be taken with or without food. Don't break LIPITOR tablets before taking.

Your doctor should start you on a low-fat diet before giving you LIPITOR. Stay on this low-fat diet when you take LIPITOR.

If you miss a dose of LIPITOR, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take LIPITOR if it has been more than 12 hours since you missed your last dose. Wait and take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take 2 doses of LIPITOR at the same time.

If you take too much LIPITOR or overdose, call your doctor or Poison Control Center right away. Or go to the nearest emergency room.

What should I avoid while taking LIPITOR?

Talk to your doctor before you start any new medicines. This includes:

  • Prescription and nonprescription medicines
  • Vitamins
  • Herbal supplements

LIPITOR and certain other medicines can interact, causing serious side effects.

Do not get pregnant. If you get pregnant, stop taking LIPITOR right away and call your doctor.

Read the patient information that comes with LIPITOR before you take LIPITOR and each time you refill your prescription. There may be new information. If you have questions, ask your healthcare provider. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.