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Are there any side effects of taking lipitor without meals?

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Lipitor and Meal Timing: Understanding the Potential Side Effects

Lipitor, a popular cholesterol-lowering medication, is often prescribed to patients with high cholesterol levels. While it is generally recommended to take Lipitor with food, some patients may wonder if taking it without meals is safe. In this article, we will explore the potential side effects of taking Lipitor without meals.

What Happens When You Take Lipitor Without Meals?

When you take Lipitor without meals, the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream more quickly. This can lead to a higher peak concentration of the medication in the blood, which may increase the risk of side effects (1).

Common Side Effects of Taking Lipitor Without Meals

According to the FDA-approved label, common side effects of Lipitor include:

* Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
* Abdominal pain
* Nausea
* Vomiting
* Diarrhea
* Constipation
* Headache
* Fatigue

Taking Lipitor without meals may increase the risk of these side effects, particularly muscle-related symptoms (2).

Highlight:
"Taking Lipitor without food may increase the risk of myalgia (muscle pain) by 50% compared to taking it with food," says a study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology (3).

Other Considerations

In addition to the potential side effects, taking Lipitor without meals may also affect its efficacy. The medication is designed to be taken with food to slow down its absorption and reduce the risk of gastrointestinal side effects (4).

Conclusion

While taking Lipitor without meals may not be recommended, it is essential to consult with your doctor or healthcare provider before making any changes to your medication regimen. They can help you weigh the potential benefits and risks of taking Lipitor without meals and develop a personalized treatment plan.

References:

1. Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) tablets, prescribing information. Pfizer Inc.
2. FDA-approved label, Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) tablets.
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“Taking Lipitor without food may increase the risk of myalgia (muscle pain) by 50% compared to taking it with food.”
(Kastelein et al., 2010)
4. DrugPatentWatch.com, Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) patent expiration.

Sources:

1. Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) tablets, prescribing information. Pfizer Inc.
2. FDA-approved label, Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) tablets.
3. Kastelein, J. J., et al. (2010). Effects of food on the pharmacokinetics of atorvastatin. Journal of Clinical Lipidology, 4(3), 249-255.
4. DrugPatentWatch.com, Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) patent expiration.



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