- Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
- Precautions and considerations for taking Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
- How to use Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
- Side-effects of Atorvastatin (Lipitor) usage
- Discontinuation and withdrawal of Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
- The full treatment package – Atorvastatin, diet, physical activity & weight control
- What else should be taken into consideration regarding Atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
What else should be taken into consideration regarding Atorvastatin / Lipitor?
Along with proper storage (kept in the container it came in and at room temperature, away from heat and moisture), all medication must be kept well out of reach of children and pets.
Medication which goes unused for whatever reason must not be stored as this runs risk of being wrongfully consumed (by children, pets or other individuals). Medication that is no longer required must be disposed of responsibly. Many countries have authorised collectors for disposal which facilitate ‘take-back-programmes’.
Patient’s discontinuing medication should discuss safe and responsible ways to dispose of unused tablets with their treating doctor or pharmacist. No medication should ever be flushed down a toilet or thrown away with regular garbage waste.
It’s important that a patient receiving Atorvastatin / Lipitor therapy ensure to keep all follow-up appointments with a treating doctor, and that prescriptions are filled as directed. Any necessary testing procedures must also be kept so as to ensure optimum treatment.
Any medication dosage, dietary and exercise activity adjustments as recommended by a doctor are best adhered to as well. This is for the benefit of -the patient, helping to ensure that treatment targets as well as medication tolerance can be achieved, thus keeping adverse reactions and complications at bay.
It is also a good idea to ensure that no new supplements, natural remedies and substances are taken without the express consent of a treating doctor, including vitamin / dietary supplements. This is to ensure that adverse reactions can be avoided, and all drug combinations are administered safely.
Women of childbearing age must take extra precaution while on Atorvastatin / Lipitor. If pregnancy is suspected, a woman must consult a medical doctor as soon as possible for confirmation. Treatment with this medication is likely to be discontinued should a woman wish to carry to term. Alternative treatment will be discussed and implemented for the pregnancy and breastfeeding periods.