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Lipitor Side Effects

Below we detail some potential Lipitor side effects. Remember, as with other drugs, Lipitor should be taken as directed by a doctor. Only a doctor should make conclusions with regard to Lipitor usage by an individual, and a doctor is also the only person that should be making pronouncements regrding dosage. As with other drugs, it is almost impossible to anticipate or predict Lipitor's possible side effects. If you are taking Lipitor and experience any of the following serious side effects, you should stop taking it and call your doctor or seek seek medical attention immediately.

Possible Lipitor side effects (Serious)
Allergic reactions (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); pain, weakness, muscle aches; decreased or rust-colored urine; "flu-like" symptoms; blurred vision; or yellowing of the skin or eyes

Possible Lipitor side effects (Less Serious)
A rash; headache; upset stomach or flatulence
If these less serious side effects occur, you can continue taking Lipitor, but be sure to let your doctor know.

This is not a conclusive list of possible Lipitor side effects. Side effects other than the ones listed above may also occur. Remember, a doctor should always be consulted about any side effects that seem unusual or that are especially bothersome.

Lipitor with other drugs
If you take Lipitor with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be altered, decreased or increased. It is however very important to consult your doctor before taking Lipitor if you are already taking any of the following drugs:

- Niacin (Niaspan, Niacor, Slo-Niacin)
- Oral contraceptives
- Itraconazole (Sporanox)
- Digoxin (Lanoxin)
- Erythromycin (E.E.S., Erythrocin, others)
- Antacids such as Maalox TC Suspension
- Colestipol (Colestid)
- Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral)
- Fluconazole (Diflucan)
- Gemfibrozil (Lopid)
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral)

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Lipitor, so it is equally important that you consult your doctor before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines while taking Lipitor.

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