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I have always taken my lipitor at dinner. I noticed on this new script it says take at bedtime. I go back to the Doctor next week so I will ask him. Anyone else take it at bedtime?

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When I was on it, I took it at bedtime. I really don't know the reason why except you don't eat for a long period of time. Maybe someone else can enlighten you.
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I did ask that question to my doc a while ago. Apparently the body produces LDL (bad cholesterol) mostly at night. Taking Lipitor at bedtime is better.

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10mg at bedtime for me.
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I did ask that question to my doc a while ago. Apparently the body produces LDL (bad cholesterol) mostly at night. Taking Lipitor at bedtime is better.


This is what I have heard as well. Similarly, I have heard that bedtime is also the best time to take fish oil omega 3 supplements if one hopes to lower cholesterol with them.

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My Dr. told me it didn't matter when it was taken.
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I was told the statins work best if taken at bedtime.
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Mine also says "take at bedtime".

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I now asked a pharmacist, who said, "In the evening. Bedtime."

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I used to take it in the morning,when the pharmacist change at the drugstore had a sticker on my prescription saying to take at bedtime.I went on the site Drugs .com here's what they say
How should you take Lipitor?
Lipitor should be taken once a day, with or without food. You can take it in the morning or the evening, but should hold to the same time each day. The drug generally begins working within 2 weeks.
And on the site of Lipitor they say:
For LIPITOR Users
You and your physician have chosen LIPITOR. You're in good company. LIPITOR has been prescribed to over 26 million people in the United States.1

LIPITOR is generally well tolerated. LIPITOR has few clinically significant drug-to-drug interactions. In controlled clinical studies of 2,502 patients, 98% of LIPITOR users did not have side effects that caused them to discontinue their treatment. LIPITOR can be taken any time ]of day. It can be taken with or without food.
Lipitor Official Site - For Lipitor Users
So has you can see there saying different thing,I 've been taking it at bedtime now .Follow the pharmacist instructions
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I take Lipitor in the morning. I was tending to forget it if I took it at night. Also, I like to have a glass of red wine in the evening and I rather not take any medicine after that. Just me, I guess!!!! The doctor did say evening though but I also checked the Lipitor site and it said that it didn't matter when it was taken.

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Another vote for 10mg at bedtime which my doctor told me was the best time.

The one thing I hate about Lipitor is not being able to eat grapefruit anymore :(
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Bedtime.
Both my Doc and Pharm told me to.
I always do what I'm told. (yeah, sure)

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I don't take it myself, but checked with my Father and he was told to take it at night (bedtime).

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At work I always tell people that it doesn't matter with lipitor when you take it but you should do it consistently. When Zocor first came out they (merck) suggested it should be taken at bedtime because it had the greatest effect on cholesterol production. The later statins are not like this.

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I was taking it in the morning for several years, since I can never remember to take meds at night, and didn't see much improvement in my cholesterol. I then made an effort to follow the prescription label and doc's suggestion to take it at bedtime. Following this protocol improved my cholesterol levels significantly in just 6 months. It really does make a difference taking it at night before bed.
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My mother started taking lipitor a couple of days ago. She was told by a friend who also is talking lipitor to take it before bed time. Also what surprised my mother and I was that she cannot enjoy her favorite grapefruit anymore while taking lipitor. :(
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While the evening administration of statins has become commonplace, several studies have evaluated the applicability of the above “conventional wisdom” to the newer, more potent, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors such as Atorvastatin and Rosuvastatin. These statins have significantly longer half-lives (14 and 19 hours, respectively) than their older counterparts, therefore calling into question the importance of morning versus evening administration. As might be expected based on their slower metabolism, studies have in fact demonstrated that the LDL-lowering efficacy of Atorvastatin and Rosuvastatin is independent of the time of day of drug administration. Similarly, the efficacy of extended-release Fluvastatin was also recently shown to be uninfluenced by the time of intake.:)

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I think a partial copy & paste from the above post, with no link, does this subject an injustice.

Here is the full article: Class Act: Do Statins Always Have to Be Taken in the Evening?

"Class act is a feature of Clinical Correlations written by NYU 3rd and 4th year medical students. These posts focus on evidenced based answers to clinical questions related to patients seen by our students in the clinics or on the wards. Prior to publication, each commentary is thoroughly reviewed for content by a faculty member."

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When I was on statins I always took it before bed. After 18 months I had to stop because it destroyed all my muscles.

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