DO NOT use Lipitor if:
- are allergic to any ingredient in Lipitor
- have liver problems or unexplained abnormal liver function tests
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- you are taking an HIV protease inhibitor (eg, ritonavir), itraconazole, or mibefradil.
Contact your doctor or healthcare provider immediately if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Lipitor. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding
- if you are taking any prescription or non-prescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you are allergic to medicines, foods or other substances
- if you have low blood pressure, a severe infection, or a history of seizures
- if you have metabolic, hormonal or electrolyte problems
- if you drink alcohol or have a history of liver problems or alcohol abuse
- if you have recently had major surgery, a serious injury, or a stroke.
Some medications may interact with Lipitor. Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Amiodarone, azole antifungals (eg, itraconazole, ketoconazole), colchicine, diltiazem, fibrates (eg, clofibrate, gemfibrozil), fluconazole, HIV protease inhibitors (eg, ritonavir), imatinib, immunosuppressants (eg, cyclosporine), macrolides (eg, erythromycin), mibefradil, nefazodone, niacin, non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (eg, delavirdine), streptogramins (eg, dalfopristin ), telithromycin, vasopressin receptor antagonists (eg, conivaptan), verapamil, or voriconazole because they may increase the risk of muscle or kidney problems
- Bosentan, carbamazepine, efavirenz, rifampin, or St. John's wort because they may decrease the effectiveness of Lipitor
- Digoxin, hormonal contraceptives (eg, birth control pills), macrolide immunosuppressants (eg, tacrolimus), or spironolactone because the risk of their side effects may be increased with Lipitor.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your doctor if Lipitor might interact with other medications you take. Check with your doctor before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Important safety information:
- Lipitor can cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medications. Use Lipitor with caution. Do not drive or perform other potentially unsafe tasks until you know how you react.
- Drinking alcohol daily or in large amounts can increase the risk of liver problems with Lipitor. Check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while taking Lipitor.
- Follow the diet and exercise program prescribed by your doctor.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Lipitor before you receive any type of medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Women who could become pregnant must use effective contraception while taking Lipitor. Consult your doctor if you have questions about the use of contraceptive methods.
- Report any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness to your doctor immediately, especially if you also have a fever or general body aches.
- Lab tests, including blood cholesterol levels and liver function tests, may be done while you are using Lipitor. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all medical and laboratory appointments.
- Lipitor should be used with extreme caution in children under 10 years of age and in those who have not reached puberty; safety and efficacy in these children have not been confirmed.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Do not use Lipitor if you are pregnant. May cause harm to the fetus. Avoid becoming pregnant while taking it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. It is not known if Lipitor is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while you are taking Lipitor.
Use Lipitor as directed in the leaflet