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Can exercise help with lipitor side effects?

Lipitor is a brand name for the drug atorvastatin, which is a medication used to lower cholesterol levels in the blood. Like any medication, Lipitor may cause side effects in some people. The most common side effects of Lipitor include muscle pain, weakness, and cramps [1].

According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, exercise may help reduce the severity of muscle-related side effects associated with statin therapy, including Lipitor [2]. The study found that patients who engaged in a supervised exercise program experienced significant improvement in muscle pain and strength compared to those who did not exercise.

Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine Research also found that exercise can improve muscle function and reduce muscle-related side effects in patients taking statins [3]. The study suggests that exercise may help improve mitochondrial function, which can be impaired by statin therapy and lead to muscle pain and weakness.

In conclusion, while exercise may not completely eliminate the side effects of Lipitor, it may help reduce their severity and improve muscle function. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any exercise program, especially if you are experiencing side effects from Lipitor or any other medication.


Follow-up:   How often should I exercise with Lipitor? Which exercises are best for Lipitor side effects? Can Lipitor side effects be completely avoided with exercise?

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