Lipitor and Crestor
Lipitor and Crestor are both statin drugs that people take to help lower their cholesterol levels and help prevent the devastating effects of heart disease brought on by high cholesterol levels in the body.
It is important to note that while they are very similar, there are some key differences, such as Lipitor may have poor interaction with grape fruit juice and other citrus products, where as Crestor has no dietary precautions.
Both drugs work by blocking the enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. The result is that the liver makes less cholesterol. Both medications are very effective in fighting high cholesterol levels.
Lipitor & Crestor Warnings and Precautions
Patients should tell their physician or pharmacist of their complete medical history. Informing the doctor and pharmacist is particularly important if there is a history of kidney or liver disease, heart attack or stroke and any allergies to foods, dyes or preservatives or underactive thyroid issues. Patients who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should speak with their physician about possible complications, as should women who are planning to breastfeed their baby or are currently breastfeeding their baby.
Patients who are planning to undergo surgery in the near future or drink alcohol frequently should discuss the potential risks with their physician.
Lipitor & Crestor Uses
Lipitor and Crestor are both statin medications that doctors prescribe to treat high cholesterol in patients in an effort to lower cholesterol levels and prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Lipitor & Crestor Side Effects
Most patients tolerate Lipitor and Crestor quite well, however as with any medication, there are possible side effects associated with taking Lipitor and Crestor.
Common side effects of Lipitor and Crestor include headaches, infections, muscle pain, diarrhea, joint pain, sinus inflammation and accidental injury usually due to dizziness that can occur while taking Lipitor and Crestor. Other side effects include unexplained rash, stomach pain, weakness, and flu like symptoms, back pain, constipation, sore throat or allergic reaction.
Patients experiencing dark urine, yellowing eyes or skin, abdominal pain, elevated liver enzymes, muscle pain, weakness, fever, changes in the amount of urine, or signs of allergic reaction such as rash, itching, hives, wheezing or swelling of the tongue, throat or mouth should contact their physician right away as these are potentially symptoms of severe side effects.
Extremely rare side effects include loss of appetite, asthma, bloody nose, memory loss, hair loss, hepatitis, ulcers, impotence, depression, ringing of the ears, fainting, hearing loss, hypertension, gout and weight gain. Patients experiencing these side effects should seek immediate medical attention.
Lipitor & Crestor Interactions
Patients taking Lipitor or Crestor should inform their physician or pharmacist of any and all medications they are taking including all over the counter medications and herbal supplements.
Patients currently taking oral contraceptives may experience in increase in hormone levels that can increase the risks associated with the oral contraceptives.
Some antifungal medications can also have harmful effects on patients when taken with Lipitor and Crestor. Some antifungal medications can lower the amount of Lipitor and Crestor in the blood making it less effective where as the medication Cyclosporine can increase the levels of Lipitor and Crestor in the blood increasing the risk of suffering side effects.
Patients taking digoxin, diltiazem, fibrates, efavirenz, niacin, other statins, protease inhibitors and red yeast rice are all medications or supplements that patients taking Lipitor and Crestor should avoid.
Lipitor & Crestor Overdose
Overdoses of Lipitor and Crestor are rare, but do happen. Patients who suspect they may have taken too much medication should contact their physician or seek immediate medical attention to prevent any long-term damage that could result from an overdose of Lipitor or Crestor medications.
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