A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Each healthcare professional may prescribe medications differently according to a patient's medical history and condition to ensure that they are getting the best possible results. Usually, Lipitor is usually taken once a day, at the same time, with or without food. It starts working in approximately 2 weeks. It is advisable that patients check their cholesterol levels throughout their treatment, as dosage levels may be changed based on the test results.
Strictly follow the instructions indicated on your prescription label and as given by your healthcare professional. Do not change the dosage amount or duration.
You should store Lipitor at room temperature and away from moisture, heat, and light.
Lipitor tablets for oral administration contain Atorvastatin 10mg, Atorvastatin 20mg, Atorvastatin 40mg or Atorvastatin 80mg.
The inactive ingredients include:
Before taking Lipitor, tell your healthcare professional if you have diabetes, a thyroid disorder, muscle pain or weakness, a history of liver or kidney disease, or if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily. Let your physician know about all the medicines you are taking. Avoid taking the medicine in case you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The moderate side effects may include mild muscle pain, diarrhea, and mild nausea. In case of unexplained muscle pain, weakness or tenderness, fever or feel more tired than usual, allergic reactions, nausea and vomiting, and loss of appetite. If you pass brown or dark-colored urine, skin and whites of your eyes become yellow, or if you experience severe stomach pain or liver problems, immediately consult your physician.