Lipitor is a member of the statins group of drug that is used for lowering cholesterol level in the blood. Patients suffering from high cholesterol level are prescribed with Lipitor along with low-fat diet and exercise to reduce LDL cholesterol and triglyceride level. Thus, this drug is found effective in treating dyslipidemia and preventing cardiovascular diseases among patients who are at high risk due to increase cholesterol level in the blood. Bruce Roth in 1985 first synthesized the drug Lipitor, which has now become the best-selling pharmaceutical product. Approved by most of the drug regulatory authorities, Lipitor helps to prevent several chronic diseases like coronary artery disease, angina, stroke and heart attack.
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Lipitor Active and Inactive Ingredients
Active ingredient present in Lipitor is Atorvastatin calcium and its inactive ingredients include calcium carbonate, candelilla wax, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, Hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, talc, titanium dioxide, polysorbate 80 and simethicone emulsion.
In patients having high cholesterol level, fats and cholesterol get accumulated along the arteries walls thereby decreasing blood flow and supply of oxygen to brain, heart and other body parts. Reduced blood flow and oxygen supply are the prime reason for problems like coronary artery disease, angina, stroke and heart attack. Thus, such patients are prescribed with Atorvastatin that works by blocking the enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase in the liver which is responsible for the production of cholesterol in the body. The decreased amount of cholesterol allows liver to takes up more cholesterol from the bloodstream thereby resulting in lower level of cholesterol circulating in the blood.