What Exactly Does Lipitor Do? Are There Any Side Effects?

by Terry Bryant

Q: My doctor just prescribed Lipitor. What is it and what side effects do I need to be aware of?

A: What is Lipitor?

It is a medication that thousands of people are taking that currently struggle with controlling their cholesterol. Taking this medication is helping them lower their risk of various cardiovascular diseases. Some of those risks are a heart attack and stroke. People that fall into this high risk category are those that have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and high cholesterol.

For people that have been recently diagnosed with high cholesterol, many wonder, what is Lipitor going to do for them? It helps lower LDL, low-density lipoprotein, while raising the HDL, high-density lipoprotein. It can be prescribed to people as young as ten years old and well into adulthood. Of the statins that are in similar categories, Lipitor is considered a more tolerated one. Many people that take it have little to no side effects.

One of the reasons that this medication is so widely prescribed is because of its documented history. There are over 19 years of research that has gone into this drug. Over 29 million people have been prescribed this form of treatment because of its relatively low side effects. Those that do suffer from the side effects are less than 2%. The dosage is prescribed based upon the patient’s age, current medical condition, other medications that are being taken, and how the patient responds to the treatment.

With all of this research it is easy to see why so many people have been successful with this form of treatment. However, the 2% that do experience harmful side effects need to inform their doctor for their own safety. Many suits have been filed against the drug manufacturer due to the severity of some of these side effects.