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Can you name common otc drugs to avoid with lipitor?

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When taking Lipitor, a prescription drug used to treat high cholesterol, there are a few over-the-counter (OTC) medications that you may want to avoid due to the potential for interactions. It's important to consult with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before combining any medications, including OTC drugs, with Lipitor. Here are some common OTC drugs that you might want to use with caution while taking Lipitor:

1. **Niacin (Vitamin B3):** Niacin is sometimes used to treat high cholesterol levels. When taken with Lipitor, it may increase the risk of muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis) [1].

2. **Red Yeast Rice:** This dietary supplement contains a natural form of statin, similar to Lipitor. Combining it with Lipitor may increase the risk of muscle-related side effects [1].

3. **Grapefruit Juice:** While not an OTC drug, grapefruit juice can interact with Lipitor. Consuming large amounts of grapefruit juice can increase the concentration of Lipitor in the bloodstream, potentially leading to adverse effects [1].

4. **St. John's Wort:** This herbal supplement can affect the metabolism of Lipitor, potentially reducing its effectiveness [2].

5. **Antacids:** Some antacids, particularly those containing aluminum and magnesium, can interfere with the absorption of Lipitor when taken at the same time [3].

Remember, this list is not exhaustive, and it's crucial to consult with your healthcare provider or pharmacist for personalized advice.

Sources:
[1] Drugs.com. (2021). Atorvastatin Interactions. Retrieved from https://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/atorvastatin,over-the-counter-drugs.html
[2] Mayo Clinic. (2021). Atorvastatin (Oral Route). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/atorvastatin-oral-route/before-using/drg-20064553
[3] DrugPatentWatch. (2021). Lipitor Interactions. Retrieved from https://www.drugpatentwatch.com/drugs/lipitor/interactions


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