Taking Normalip with certain drugs used to treat fungal infections may cause Normalip to build up in your body. This raises your risk for muscle breakdown. If you need to take these drugs together, your doctor may decrease your dosage of Normalip. Examples of these drugs include:
Taking rifampin with Normalip may lower the amount of Normalip in your body. This means that the Normalip may not work as well.
Serious Side Effects of Normalip Lipitor
Lipitor In highly uncommon cases, sufferers may possibly feel several dangerous side effects. Such as:
- Serious body pain and tiredness
- Lowered urine levels
- Mysterious inflammation in arms, legs and feet.
- Abdominal ulcers
- Dark urine
If sufferers feel any one of these negative effects, they are highly recommended to look for hospital treatment immediately. Serious sensitive side effects such as hives, trouble inhaling and inflammation of the lip area and tongue have also been claimed; this needs quick health care treatment. People who have unwanted side effects to Lipitor(Normalip) tend to be encouraged to attempt some other sort of statin medicine instead of ending treatment with statins.
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Serious side effects
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
- Muscle problems. Symptoms can include:
- unexplained muscle weakness, tenderness, or pain
- tiredness or weakness
- loss of appetite
- upper stomach pain
- dark-colored urine Jaundice, also known as icterus
- yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
Normalip oral tablet can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.
To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Examples of drugs that can cause interactions with Normalip are listed below.
Generic Name: Normalip (a TOR va sta tin)Brand Names: Lipitor
Medically reviewed by Sanjai Sinha, MD Last updated on Nov 1, 2019.
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Serious allergic reaction
In rare cases, it's possible to have a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to Normalip.
How it works
Normalip belongs to a class of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, or statins. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
This drug works by lowering your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol and raising your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good” cholesterol. Normalip improves your body’s ability to get rid of LDL cholesterol through your liver.
Normalip oral tablet doesn’t cause drowsiness, but it can cause other side effects.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A very small number of people taking Normalip may have mild memory problems or confusion. If these rare effects occur, talk to your doctor.
Rarely, statins may cause or worsen diabetes. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks.
This drug may rarely cause muscle problems (which can rarely lead to very serious conditions called rhabdomyolysis and autoimmune myopathy). Tell your doctor right away if you develop any of these symptoms during treatment and if these symptoms persist after your doctor stops this drug: muscle pain/tenderness/weakness (especially with fever or unusual tiredness), signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).
This medication may rarely cause liver problems. If you notice any of the following rare but serious side effects, tell your doctor right away: yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Normalip is used together with diet, weight loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Normalip is also used to decrease the amount of fatty substances such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol ('bad cholesterol') and triglycerides in the blood and to increase the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ('good cholesterol') in the blood. Normalip may also be used to decrease the amount of cholesterol and other fatty substances in the blood in children and teenagers 10 to 17 years of age who have familial heterozygous hypercholesterolemia (an inherited condition in which cholesterol cannot be removed from the body normally). Normalip is in a class of medications called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins). It works by slowing the production of cholesterol in the body to decrease the amount of cholesterol that may build up on the walls of the arteries and block blood flow to the heart, brain, and other parts of the body.
Accumulation of cholesterol and fats along the walls of your arteries (a process known as atherosclerosis) decreases blood flow and, therefore, the oxygen supply to your heart, brain, and other parts of your body. Lowering your blood level of cholesterol and fats with Normalip has been shown to prevent heart disease, angina (chest pain), strokes, and heart attacks.
Lipitor (Normalip) improves your cholesterol levels and is a common first treatment for people with high cholesterol or heart disease.
- Drug class: Cardiovascular
- Rx status: Prescription only
- Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (Normalip)
- Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats), and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
- Lipitor (Normalip) can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
- It's one of the strongest cholesterol-lowering statin medications.
- Lipitor (Normalip) is a good option for people who have high cholesterol and diabetes.
- It's available as a generic drug and can be used in combination with other cholesterol lowering drugs.
What to expect from Normalip , on one page
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- Statins such as Lipitor (Normalip) can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, or liver damage. Some people need to stop taking this medicine if these problems occur.
- You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are a female, are 65 years or older, or drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
- Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can raise your risk of liver damage while taking Lipitor (Normalip).
What to expect from Normalip , on one page
Lipitor (Normalip) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It lowers the amount of cholesterol your body makes, which helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).
What are the possible side effects of Normalip (Lipitor)?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
In rare cases, Normalip can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.
Also call your doctor at once if you have:
- pain or burning when you urinate;
- liver problems--upper stomach pain, weakness, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
- kidney problems--little or no urinating, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath.
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What are the side effects of Lipitor (Normalip)?
Lipitor is generally well tolerated. Minor side effects include:
Other commonly reported side effects include:
Lipitor may cause liver and muscle damage. Serious liver damage caused by statins is rare. Liver tests should be performed at the beginning of treatment then as needed thereafter.
Inflammation of the muscles caused by statins can lead to serious breakdown of muscle cells called rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis causes the release of muscle protein (myoglobin) into the blood, and myoglobin can cause kidney failure and even death. When used alone, statins cause rhabdomyolysis in less than one percent of patients. To prevent the development of serious rhabdomyolysis, patients taking Normalip should contact their health-care professional immediately if they develop unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or muscle tenderness.
Statins have been associated with increases in HbA1c and fasting serum glucose levels as seen in diabetes.
Post-marketing reports for Normalip of adverse events include:
Symptoms may start one day to years after starting treatment and resolve within a median of three weeks after stopping the statin.
Which drugs or supplements interact with Lipitor (Normalip)?
Decreased elimination of Lipitor could increase levels of Lipitor in the body and increase the risk of muscle toxicity from Lipitor. Therefore, Lipitor should not be combined with drugs that decrease its elimination. Examples of such drugs includes:
Large quantities of grape fruit juice (>1.2 liters daily) also will increase blood levels of Lipitor and should not be taken.
The following drugs also may increase the risk of muscle toxicity when combined with Lipitor.
Lipitor increases the effect of warfarin (Coumadin) and the concentration in blood of digoxin (Lanoxin). Patients taking Lipitor and warfarin or digoxin should be monitored carefully. Cholestyramine (Questran) decreases the absorption of Lipitor. Lipitor should be given at least two hours before and at least four hours after cholestyramine.
Rifampin increases breakdown of Lipitor. To reduce the likelihood of this interaction both drugs should be given at the same time. Lipitor should not be given after rifampin.
What other drugs will affect Normalip?
Certain other drugs can increase your risk of serious muscle problems, and it is very important that your doctor knows if you are using any of them. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
antibiotic or antifungal medicine;
birth control pills;
other cholesterol-lowering medications;
heart medication; or
medicine to treat HIV or AIDS.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with Normalip, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
What should I avoid while taking Normalip (Lipitor)?
Avoid eating foods high in fat or cholesterol, or Normalip will not be as effective.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.
Grapefruit may interact with Normalip and lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid drinking more than 1 liter of grapefruit juice while taking Normalip.
What are the uses for Lipitor (Normalip)?
- Lipitor is used for the treatment of elevated total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides, and to elevate HDL cholesterol. The effectiveness of Lipitor in lowering cholesterol is dose-related, meaning that higher doses reduce cholesterol more.
- heart attack,
- hospitalization for congestive heart failure, and
- revascularization procedures.