People taking atorvastatin should not eat grapefruit, drink grapefruit juice, or take supplements containing grapefruit. Doing so can increase the levels of atorvastatin in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing muscle problems. If you are taking this medication and want to continue eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice, talk to your doctor about other cholesterol-lowering medications you can take.
(Click Lipitor and Grapefruit for more information.)
While taking atorvastatin, you should continue to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet as part of your treatment program to lower cholesterol.
The dose of atorvastatin your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, such as:
- Your age
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Atorvastatin Dosing for more information.)
Atorvastatin can potentially interact with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Atorvastatin for more information).
If you happen to take too much atorvastatin, seek immediate medical attention (see Lipitor Overdose).