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How often should liver function be checked on lipitor?



Lipitor is a medication used to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. As with any medication, it is important to monitor its effects on the body. One aspect of monitoring is checking liver function, as statins like Lipitor can sometimes cause liver damage.

According to the NHS [2], liver function tests are usually done before starting statin therapy and then repeated after 3 months. After that, they may be done every 12 months or as recommended by the healthcare provider. However, the frequency of testing may vary depending on the patient's medical history and other risk factors. For example, patients who have a history of liver disease or excessive alcohol consumption may need more frequent monitoring.

The Health Harvard [3] also suggests that liver function tests should be done before starting statin therapy and then periodically after that. However, they note that routine monitoring is not always necessary, especially for patients who do not have any pre-existing liver disease or other risk factors. They recommend that healthcare providers use their clinical judgment to determine the appropriate frequency of monitoring based on each patient's individual situation.

In summary, liver function tests should be done before starting Lipitor and then periodically thereafter. The frequency of testing may vary depending on the patient's medical history and other risk factors, and healthcare providers should use their clinical judgment to determine the appropriate monitoring schedule.

Sources:
[2] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/statins/considerations/
[3] https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/ask-the-doctor-statins-and-liver-tests



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