Lipitor is primarily prescribed to patients who need to reduce their LDL, or "bad" cholesterol levels, when exercising and healthy dieting have not achieved the desired results. In these cases, Lipitor is most often prescribed to adults and senior adults in dosages of 10 to 20 mg per day, once a day, to achieve the desired results.
However, a doctor may determine that a patient's LDL levels require more expedient reduction and prescribe a Lipitor dosage of 40 mg per day, once a day.
Lipitor can be prescribed to patients as young as 10 years old, provided that a doctor determines a sufficient need for this medication. Generally, young patients are prescribed the standard dose of 20 mg per day, once a day, of Lipitor to ensure the most beneficial results.
Lipitor is taken orally and should be taken at the same time each day. To be certain that Lipitor is alleviating their condition, patients should have their blood tested frequently so that physicians can be certain that it is being administered correctly. Also, Lipitor is intended to be used as part of a fitness and wellness regimen that includes regular exercise and a healthy diet and should not be expected to correct a patient's physical ailments on its own.
With most patients, Lipitor is prescribed at a starting dosage of 10 to 20 mg per day, once a day, until the effects of this medication can be determined by a physician. In most cases, the effectiveness of Lipitor can be determined after a period of two weeks in which the medication is taken according to a physician's instructions. However, a physician may determine that a patient's LDL blood levels require a more immediate course of action. In this case, a physician will prescribe a 40 mg per day Lipitor dosage. In the case of a child aged 10-17 a physician will not prescribe more than a 20 mg per day dosage.
As with any medication, a patient who is prescribed Lipitor should tell their doctor their complete medical history, especially their history involving allergies. In addition, a patient should inform their doctor of their current list of any medications they may be taking as well as their daily use of alcohol. Any of these factors may indicate the possibility of an unsafe reaction while taking Lipitor. In general, patients are advised to completely eliminate the intake of alcohol while taking Lipitor, as any alcohol intake may create an unsafe condition.