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Can you stop taking Lipitor abruptly or you need to wean off

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can you stop taking Lipitor abruptly or you need to wean off it
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 7 years ago.
There's no need to wean, but, obviously, if you're taking it for significantly high cholesterol, the cholesterol levels may rise despite proper diet and weight loss.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I am female, 44 y/ cholesterol is 217 , and LDL is 140. My doctor just prescribed me today to take 20mg of Lipitor. Would I be taking this drug for life?
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 7 years ago.
How tall are you, how much do you weigh, and do you have any risk factors for heart disease?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
i am 5'5 tall, weighs 120 lbs. My father's brother died of massive heart attack on his 40's
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 7 years ago.

You don't have high blood pressure, diabetes, or smoke?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 7 years ago.
Well, if you could afford to lose 20 pounds--not the case here--and you were able to do it, your cholesterol levels might fall to normal. Your only risk factor is family history. I think most doctors would say the Lipitor would effectively lower you numbers and put you in a more acceptible risk group for heart attack. I doubt that a low cholesterol/low fat diet alone will help you, but it's worth a try. If it didn't help, you'd probably need to be on Lipitor the rest of your life to keep the numbers in check unless you want to accept the addtional risk.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

so you think I should start taking the Lipitor 20 mg as prescribed by my MD?

Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 7 years ago.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
thanks for your help
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 7 years ago.
No problem.
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