Lipitor (atorvantatin) was approved by the FDA in 1996 for the treatment of high cholesterol. On March 7, 2007, Lipitor received expanded approval for the treatment non-fatal heart attacks, and fatal and non-fatal strokes.
A five-year study of people with heart disease and high levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) was the basis for the extended approval of the 80 mg dose Lipitor.
Before taking Lipitor, be sure to tell your doctor about allergies to other medications, and whether you are presently taking prescription or non-prescription drugs. Your doctor may also need to know about anti-fungal or other cholesterol lowering medication you are taking. You should also ask your doctor about the use of alcohol beverages while taking lipitor.
You should adhere to a low-fat, high fiber diet when taking Lipitor. Your doctor can also provide nutritional information relative to your individual dietary needs.