Lipitor is a statin. All major medical organizations suggest considering drugs in the statin family - not just Lipitor- to reduce the chance of a first heart attack or stroke in adults at increased risk. FDA officially approved Lipitor to reduce the chance of heart attack, stroke, chest pain or procedures to unblock arteries in heart or legs in people with high cholesterol without heart disease or a stroke but at increased risk because of factors such as: age, smoking, high blood pressure, low HDL “good” cholesterol, or heart disease in the family. FDA also approved Lipitor to reduce the chance of heart attack or stroke in adults with diabetes without heart disease or a stroke at increased risk because of factors such as diabetes eye or kidney disease, smoking or high blood pressure and to lower LDL "bad" cholesterol, raise HDL "good" cholesterol, and lower triglycerides in adults and children 10 years and older with abnormal cholesterol levels from a genetic condition.
The American Heart Association suggests people consider a statin if their chance of heart attack or stroke over the next 10 years is more than 5%, and to take one if the chance is 7.5% or more. You can calculate your risk at: http://tinyurl.com/pyv57ne.
Long track record means that new‚ unexpected side effects are unlikely. Lipitor was approved by FDA in 1996 to lower cholesterol and approved for prevention of heart attack and stroke in 2004 . Since Lipitor has now been used by large numbers of people over a long time‚ the emergence of important side effects is less likely than with new drugs.
Including people who have unexplained high liver inflammation blood tests
Lipitor may harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant, stop taking Lipitor
Do not take: Controlled human studies show Lipitor harms baby and potential benefits do not outweigh potential harms (FDA Category X)
Do not breastfeed - Lipitor gets into breast milk and may harm baby