Order Lipitor Tablets
Lipitor is a statin prescribed to lower cholesterol levels in the blood. The active ingredient in Lipitor is atorvastatin.
To place a prescription order for high cholesterol treatment, fill in our brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your information, including a check that you have been taking the medication for 3 months previously, and approve an appropriate treatment.
Your prescription will be delivered to a local pharmacy in Ireland or your home address. Alternatively, you can also choose to have your medication delivered directly to your door.
A consultation for high cholesterol treatment prescription costs €21.50.
What is Lipitor?
Lipitor is a statin taken by patients whose cholesterol levels are too high and need to be regulated. In combination with a low-fat diet, it helps to lower blood fat levels and prevent dangerous complications such as arteriosclerosis and heart disease. According to the manufacturer Pfizer, Lipitor lowers your LDL-cholesterol levels by 39%-60%, depending on dosage, provided you stick to a healthy low cholesterol diet. Lipitor is also taken by stroke and heart attack patients.
How does Lipitor work?
Like other statins, Lipitor reduces the amount of cholesterol in your blood by blocking an enzyme involved in the production of cholesterol. As a result, your body processes more of the cholesterol present in your bloodstream, reducing high levels of fat in the blood vessels. This also helps prevent heart disease and other potentially dangerous illnesses. Lipitor has also been proven to reduce triglycerides, a type of fat in the body associated with arteriosclerosis. In addition to taking Lipitor, you will need to adjust your diet and lifestyle to reduce your cholesterol. This involves eating less saturated fat and being physically active.
Does Lipitor interact with food and drink?
Lipitor and grapefruit are known to interact. However, this only applies if you consume large amounts of grapefruit or grape juice. If you limit your intake to two small glasses of grapefruit juice per day, this will not affect your blood levels of atorvastatin. A large intake of grapefruit can interfere with your body’s ability to process medication and lead to high blood levels of the active ingredient, which can cause harmful side effects.
Does Lipitor interact with drinking alcohol?
You can drink alcohol when taking Lipitor. However, if you regularly consume large amounts of alcohol, Lipitor may not be suitable for you. This is because Lipitor is only to be taken if your liver is healthy. Please tell your doctor if you tend to drink alcohol on a regular basis to prevent being prescribed any medication which may harm you.
Can I continue taking Lipitor while pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are planning to become pregnant or are already pregnant, you should stop taking Lipitor and speak to your GP. Lipitor is not suitable for pregnant women, so you should use contraception during treatment. There is no conclusive study on the effects of Lipitor when taken while breastfeeding. You should speak to your doctor, who will be able to tell you whether the benefits may outweigh the risks in your case.
Who should not take Lipitor?
You should not take Lipitor if:
- you have had an allergic reaction to Lipitor or any other statin in the past
- there is any problem with your liver function
- you have had a stroke
- you have an underactive thyroid gland
- you experience muscle pains
- you are over 70 years old
You should discuss all conditions listed above with your doctor before taking your first Lipitor tablet. ZAVA can only offer repeat prescriptions for Lipitor, provided you have been taking it for at least three months. If you experience side effects, discuss your treatment with your GP.
Does Lipitor interact with other drugs?
Please let your GP know if you are regularly taking any other medication, or have just finished a course of medication. Medications that can interfere with Lipitor include antifungal remedies, certain antibiotics, tablets used to regulate lipid levels, some types of high blood pressure tablets as well as HIV treatments. Other cholesterol lowering tablets, cimetidine, phenazone and antacids may also interact with statins. Lipitor should not be taken with the natural remedy St. John’s Wort, which can interfere with the active ingredient.
Which Lipitor dosage will I need to take?
Lipitor is available in different dosages. Tablets can contain between 10 and 80mg atorvastatin, the active ingredient in Lipitor. You will usually be started on a Lipitor 10mg dosage. Your GP will then gradually increase your dosage to the required level. You will also be placed on a low cholesterol, low fat diet, which you will need to maintain to lower your cholesterol in the long term. Your doctor will monitor your progress over the following weeks and adjust your medication, if necessary.
How is Lipitor taken?
Lipitor can be taken independently of mealtimes and at any time of the day. You should make sure you take your daily tablet at the same time every day and swallow it with water. You should not chew the tablet but swallow it whole.
What does Lipitor contain?
Every Lipitor tablet contains 10, 20, 40 or 80mg atorvastatin, the active ingredient. Other ingredients in Lipitor are lactose monohydrate, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, polysorbate 80, calcium carbonate, microcrystalline cellulose, hyprolose, hypromellose, thickeners, macrogol 8000, titanium dioxide (E171), contains talc, simethicone, stearate emulsifiers, sorbic acid and benzoic acid.
Lipitor tablets are round, white and are usually marked with their dosage on one side, and “ATV” on the other. They are available in different pack sizes and can come in blister packs or plastic bottles.
Please ensure you keep all medication out of reach of children at all times.
Common Lipitor Side Effects include:
- stomach problems and nausea
- increase in blood sugar levels
- allergic reactions
- nose bleeds and inflammation of the throat and nasal passages
- joint and muscular pain
- blood tests may show abnormal liver function
Uncommon Lipitor Side Effects include:
- loss of appetite or weight gain
- insomnia and nightmares
- visual disturbances
- ringing ears
- inflammation of the liver
- dizziness and other disorders affecting your sensory system
- abdominal pain, inflammation of the pancreas
- urine tests may show an increase in white blood cells
Stop taking Lipitor if you experience these symptoms:
- serious allergic reaction (facial swelling and difficulty breathing)
- severe rashes and fever
- muscle pain and problems
- excessive bleeding and bruising
For further information on all possible side effects, please read the information leaflet provided with your medication.
Dr Kathryn Basford
Dr Kathryn Basford is an IMC and GMC registered GP who works with our Irish team here at ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training at Whipps Cross Hospital in London.Meet our doctors
Last reviewed: 22 Dec 2020