FAQ: Generic Lipitor
Lipitor Goes Generic: What It Means for You
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Should I be taking Lipitor or another statin?
Everybody should keep their cholesterol under control. Statin drugs such as Lipitor are powerful cholesterol-lowering medicines.
But for most people, statins are not the best way to lower cholesterol, cardiologist Ostfeld says.
"Far and away the most important thing is that you follow a healthy lifestyle," he says. "That includes a whole-foods, plant-based diet, and regular exercise."
Statin drugs are for people who, despite following a healthy lifestyle, still need help lowering their cholesterol.
They are also for people with symptoms of cholesterol blockage of the heart or arteries, who need immediate cholesterol lowering. These symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Chest pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Discomfort radiating down the arm or neck
A person with such symptoms should seek medical care.