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Any side effects of exercising after lipitor?

Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a medication that is used to lower cholesterol levels in the body. According to Drug Patent Watch [1], Lipitor is a prescription medication that belongs to the class of drugs known as statins. Statins work by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which is involved in the production of cholesterol in the liver.

While there is no direct information available regarding the side effects of exercising after taking Lipitor, a study published in the National Library of Medicine [2] suggests that statins, including Lipitor, may cause muscle damage and weakness in some individuals. The study found that statins can cause an increase in the levels of creatine kinase (CK), a marker of muscle damage, in the blood.

Another study published in PubMed [3] suggests that exercise can improve muscle strength and function in individuals taking statins. The study found that exercise can help to reduce the muscle damage caused by statins and can improve muscle strength and function.

Therefore, while there may be some risk of muscle damage and weakness associated with taking Lipitor, exercising after taking the medication may actually be beneficial for individuals who are taking statins. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any exercise program, especially if you are taking medications such as Lipitor.


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