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Read answers to questions about prescription drugs.
No. Do not keep medication in your glove compartment. Temperatures can be too hot or freezing cold. You should keep Lipitor (atorvastatin) 10mg at room temperature (20-25C) or (68-77F).
Every medication is different. With some medications, you can take it when you remember that day. With others, you should wait.
Follow these tips from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) if you miss a dose of your medication:
Never guess what do to if you miss a dose. When in doubt, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Depending on the prescribed medication, it may take up to 6-8 weeks before you notice an improvement.
Medications are usually taken for at least 4-9 months after symptoms improve.
People with chronic depression or repeated depression may need to stay on medication. This can stop or lessen more episodes.
As with any medication, side effects may occur.
Some facts about depression:
Tips for treating and coping with depression, from National Mental Health Association:
Some antibiotics and other medications can make your birth control pill less effective. This can put you at risk for getting pregnant.
Antibiotics that can make your birth control pill less effective:
Other medications that can affect your birth control pill:
What to keep in mind when starting a new medication while on the birth control pill:
You should not drink grapefruit juice when taking Lipitor (atorvastatin). When grapefruit juice and Lipitor are in your body, the level of Lipitor goes up. This can raise the risk of muscle pain (called myopathy) or muscle deterioration (rhabdomyolysis), a more serious condition.
If you choose to drink grapefruit juice, here's how you can lower the risk:
Other cholesterol medications that interact with grapefruit juice:
Yes, there are over-the-counter sleep aids. They come in a variety of names:
These contain 25-50 mg of an antihistamine to make you sleepy. Since these drugs stay in your body for about 10 hours, they might make you confused or sleepy in the morning.
No medicine is without risk. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor before taking an over-the-counter medicine for the first time, especially if you use other medicine.
Other potential side effects of antihistamines:
Dry mouth, blurred vision, headache, nausea and increased heartbeat.
The top number (systolic) is the pressure of blood against your artery walls when your heart has just finished pumping.
The bottom number (diastolic) is the pressure of blood against your artery walls between heartbeats.
Facts about high blood pressure: