February 8, 2023

In this week’s episode of Know Your Drug, Brothers Bryan Kudlawiec and Greg Hare discuss hyperlipidemia, also known as high cholesterol. They highlight some of the important points of this disease state and risks involved with it. Discussion on how Lipitor works to help improve cholesterol levels and other important information such as side effects, monitoring parameters, and common usage. This information is general guidelines and is not meant to replace physician orders. Patients using Lipitor should use this medication according to their prescriber!

Hello my name is brad clark and i’m greg hair and we are the brothers of the professional pharmacy fraternity phi delta chi beta gamma chapter from the milan school of pharmacy at duquesne university located here in pittsburgh pennsylvania in today’s episode of know your drug will we discuss the lipitor also known as atorvastatin according to forbes com lipitor

Is the number one selling drug selling annually at 16 billion dollars in 2005 approximately 18 million american adults currently use lipitor to help treat their high cholesterol high cholesterol can lead to other more serious health conditions such as heart attack stroke and jonah or chest pain and hypertension these are all very serious health conditions the

Treatments like lipitor can help reduce the risk of occurrence or severity lipitor is commonly prescribed for the treatment of hyperlipidemia also known as high cholesterol lipitor works by decreasing the amount of ldl cholesterol also known as the bad cholesterol while also working to increase the hdl cholesterol also known as the good cholesterol while taking

Lipitor it is important to realize proper diet and adequate exercise are essential components to help lower cholesterol lipitor is a member of the class of drugs known as the statins which inhibit an enzyme that is crucial to the production of cholesterol in our bodies other drugs in this class include zocor provoke all crestor mevacor and less call these drugs all

Vary in some degree either with the potency strength dosing and duration lipitor is commonly prescribed to be taken in the evening after dinner to decrease the amount of cholesterol produced most of our cholesterol is produced during the later hours of the evening into the early morning so taking the drug at night will provide the greatest benefit to reduce the

Amount of cholesterol produced by our bodies when first starting lipitor it is important to maintain your follow-up visits with your physician to ensure the drug is working properly without serious side effects these visits may include blood work to ensure your liver is functioning properly and that your cholesterol levels are responding to the medication while

Taking lipitor is important to be aware of a rare but serious side effect called rhabdomyolysis this side effect presents itself as muscle tenderness pain weakness fatigue or fever if any of these symptoms appear while taking lipitor contact your physician immediately some potential drug drug interactions to be mindful of include consumption of grapefruit juice

Greater than one 8 ounce glass a day 5 rates such as try court and low pit which both increase the risk of rhabdomyolysis and certain medications such as erythromycin ketoconazole and others notify your doctor or pharmacist of any prescription herbal or over-the-counter medications you take to ensure there are no serious interactions with your medications if used

Appropriately along with proper diet and exercise lipitor is proved to be effective in lowering bad cholesterol raising good cholesterol and reducing the risk for more serious health conditions always remember pharmacists are the drug experts utilize them to ensure you are receiving the best pharmaceutical care possible and to know your drug on behalf of vital

Takai and duquesne university’s milan school pharmacy my name is brian good luck and i’m greg hair and this has been no your drug you

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Lipitor (Atorvastatin): Know Your Drug By Phi Delta Chi Beta Gamma