Welcome to cholesterol.co.nz

This website contains information on cholesterol and why we should manage our cholesterol levels.

40% of all deaths are from cardiovascular disease.

Hay DR, Cardiovascular disease in New Zealand 2004. Technical report No. 82, October 2004.

The website has helpful advice on how to get your cholesterol down through exercise, diet, and – if needed – a medication called LIPITOR.

LIPITOR atorvastatin calcium

LIPITOR is the number one prescribed statin in the world. If you are currently taking Arrow-Simva® or Lipex® you may qualify for fully-funded LIPITOR. Complete the short questionnaire in the panel opposite, then print off to discuss with your GP.

  If you answer YES, or don't know, to any of these questions...
1. Are you taking simvastatin (Lipex® or Arrow-Simva®) and experiencing any side effects (eg: muscle aches or an upset stomach)?
   Yes      No
2. Is your LDL cholesterol higher than 2.0mmol?
   Yes      No      Don't know
...you may or may not qualify for FULLY FUNDED LIPITOR, so ask your doctor for details. Ask your doctor about treatment options and if you would benefit from LIPITOR
  ...to print off a copy of your answers for you to discuss with your doctor.
Lipex® is a registered trademark of Merck & Co Inc. Arrow-Simva® is a registered trademark of Arrow Pharmaceuticals (NZ) Ltd.   TAPSNZ3317
Lipitor Consumer Mandatories:

LIPITOR® (atorvastatin calcium) is a prescription medicine used to lower high cholesterol levels and to help reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Consult your doctor to see if this medicine is right for you. Do not take this medicine if you have liver disease, are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, if you are breastfeeding, or have an allergy to the active ingredient (atorvastatin) or other tablet ingredients. Precautions: people who consume large quantities of alcohol and/or have a history of liver problems; people who have muscle pain, tenderness or weakness; patients who have had a type of stroke called a haemorrhagic stroke or a type of stroke called a lacunar infarct. There are some medicines that may interfere with LIPITOR. These include digoxin, antibiotics (erythromycin, clarithromycin, rifampicin), phenytoin, oral contraceptives, cyclosporin, medicines used to treat HIV infection (efavirenz, protease inhibitors), treatments for fungal infections, diltiazem and other medicines used to treat high cholesterol or triglycerides. Caution should be exercised if a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor is administered concomitantly with other drugs that may decrease the levels or activity of endogenous steroid hormones such as ketoconazole, spironolactone and cimetidine. Excessive quantities of grapefruit juice may interfere with LIPITOR. Possible side effects: headache, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, difficulty sleeping and muscle pain, tenderness or weakness. If you have side effects see your doctor. Always read the label and use strictly as directed. LIPITOR® is fully funded under special authority. Contains atorvastatin 10mg, 20mg & 40mg. Further medicine details are available at www.medsafe.govt.nz. Pfizer New Zealand LTD PO Box 3998, Auckland, 0800 675229, www.pfizer.co.nz ®Registered Trademark

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