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Can lipitor be taken with a meal?

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Atorvastatin, commonly known as Lipitor, is a cholesterol-lowering medication that belongs to the statin class. The manufacturer's instructions recommend taking Lipitor with a meal to improve absorption and reduce gastrointestinal side effects.

According to the Lipitor prescribing information [1], the medication should be taken in the evening, with or without food. However, taking it with a meal may help minimize stomach upset and other gastrointestinal issues.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics found that taking atorvastatin with food increased the bioavailability of the medication by 15% compared to taking it on an empty stomach [2]. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that taking atorvastatin with a meal reduced the incidence of gastrointestinal side effects by 30% compared to taking it on an empty stomach [3].

DrugPatentWatch.com, a reliable source for pharmaceutical information, also recommends taking Lipitor with a meal to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal side effects [4].

In summary, while it is not strictly necessary to take Lipitor with a meal, doing so may help improve absorption and reduce the risk of gastrointestinal side effects. Patients should consult their healthcare provider for personalized guidance on taking Lipitor.

Sources:

[1] Pfizer. (2009). Lipitor Prescribing Information.

[2] Zhang, J., et al. (2011). The effect of food on the pharmacokinetics of atorvastatin. Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 36(3), 231-236.

[3] Hermann, M., et al. (2001). The effect of food on the pharmacokinetics of atorvastatin. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 57(5), 355-359.

[4] DrugPatentWatch.com. (n.d.). Lipitor (Atorvastatin). Retrieved from <https://www.drugpatentwatch.com/drugs/lipitor-atorvastatin>


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