When you must not take it
Do not take Lipitor if you have an allergy to:
- any medicine containing atorvastatin
- any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
- shortness of breath
- wheezing or difficulty breathing
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
- rash, itching or hives on the skin
Do not take Lipitor if you have
active Liver disease. Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
If you are a woman of childbearing age and are taking this medicine, use a proven method of birth control to avoid Pregnancy.
The medicine may affect your developing baby if you take it during Pregnancy.
Do not breast-feed if you are taking this medicine.
The active ingredient in Lipitor may pass into breast milk and affect your baby.
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether to start taking Lipitor, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to take it
Your doctor will ask you to have your liver function tested before you start to take Lipitor.
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
- liver problems
- kidney problems
- muscle pain, tenderness or weakness from other medicines used to treat high Cholesterol or triglycerides
- a type of Stroke called a haemorrhagic Stroke or a type of Stroke called a lacunar stroke
- If you have had one of these strokes before, this medicine may increase the risk of you having a haemorrhagic Stroke.
- breathing problems
Tell your doctor if you drink
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell him/ her before you start taking Lipitor.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including:
- all prescription medicines
- all medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements or natural therapies you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket, naturopath or health food shop
Some medicines may be affected by Lipitor or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following:
- digoxin, a medicine used to treat some heart problems
- diltiazem, a medicine used to treat angina
- other medicines to treat high Cholesterol or triglycerides
- antacids, medicines used to treat reflux or ulcers
- the antibiotics erythromycin, clarithromycin, rifampicin or fusidic acid
- phenytoin, a medicine used to treat Epilepsy (seizures)
- oral contraceptives for birth control
- cyclosporin, a medicine used to suppress the immune system
- some medicines used to treat some fungal infections, such as itraconazole or ketoconazole
- efavirenz and protease inhibitors for the treatment of HIV infection
- spironolactone, a medicine used to treat high blood pressure and certain types of swelling
- vitamin B3
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or to avoid while taking Lipitor.