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How does the combination of lipitor and nsaids affect cholesterol levels?



The combination of Lipitor, a statin medication used to treat high cholesterol, and NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) does not directly affect cholesterol levels. NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are primarily used to treat pain, inflammation, and fever [1].

Lipitor, on the other hand, works by reducing the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver [2]. There is no evidence or scientific research suggesting that the combination of these two types of medications has a direct impact on cholesterol levels.

However, it is important to note that both Lipitor and NSAIDs can have individual effects on the body that may indirectly influence each other. For instance, NSAIDs may increase the risk of certain side effects associated with Lipitor, such as muscle pain and kidney damage [3][4].

Therefore, it is crucial for individuals taking both Lipitor and NSAIDs to inform their healthcare provider, as close monitoring may be necessary to ensure safe and effective treatment [5].

Sources:
[1] Mayo Clinic. (2021). Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). <https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-nsaids/faq-20058076>
[2] MedlinePlus. (2021). Atorvastatin. <https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a601244.html>
[3] Drugs.com. (2021). Atorvastatin and Ibuprofen Interaction. <https://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/atorvastatin-ibuprofen-824-122-1651-2389.html>
[4] Drugs.com. (2021). Atorvastatin and Naproxen Interaction. <https://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/atorvastatin-naproxen-824-122-1651-2390.html>
[5] DrugPatentWatch.com. (2021). Lipitor. <https://www.drugpatentwatch.com/drugs/lipitor>



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