See your GP to get
a baseline LDL-C reading, and to find out what your target should be,
then track your LDL-C each time you get your cholesterol tested.
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.
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