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Old 03-18-2006, 03:35 PM   #1
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Cutting pill in half?

My mother's heart doctor changed her Lipitor from 40 to 80 mg last July and I was shocked when she told me they haven't done any blood work on her since then. To me, that is rediculous. She is 70 this year and has had the procedure to unblock her arteries last year. She would like to go back down to the 40 mg without arguing with her doctor. She decided to cut her pills in half. I think it would be too hard for her to take one every other day. Does anyone know if it's ok to do this with statins?

 
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Re: Cutting pill in half?

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My mother's heart doctor changed her Lipitor from 40 to 80 mg last July and I was shocked when she told me they haven't done any blood work on her since then. To me, that is rediculous. She is 70 this year and has had the procedure to unblock her arteries last year. She would like to go back down to the 40 mg without arguing with her doctor. She decided to cut her pills in half. I think it would be too hard for her to take one every other day. Does anyone know if it's ok to do this with statins?
Did the dr. say why he upped it to 80, as that is a mighty big doseage. Do U happen to know what her numbers are. My husband had the arteries cleaned back in 1994, and they had him on 10mgs. for a few years. Once they upped it to 80mgs and the guy got so sick it was pathedic. I called his cardio guy and he told me to knock him right back down to 20 for a week, then when he saw him during that week, reduced it back to 10 mgs. Some drs. are a lil too aggressive with meds.

Many folks on here have been splitting their pills, and I agree with you, she definitely needs new bloodwork, that is totally ridiculous to let it go that long.
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She has been on cholesterol meds for several years and I remember the numbers were high but I don't know exactly how high. The doctors had her on other meds but they were'nt lowering the numbers enough. Her doctor then decided to put her on 40 mg of lipitor and it was keeping her at a good level. The only reason she was put on the high dosage was because of the clogged arteries. This was not done by her regular doctor, but by the cardiologist. It didn't sound like it had anything to do with her cholesterol numbers. Neither doctor has done any blood work on her since then.

 
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She has been on cholesterol meds for several years and I remember the numbers were high but I don't know exactly how high. The doctors had her on other meds but they were'nt lowering the numbers enough. Her doctor then decided to put her on 40 mg of lipitor and it was keeping her at a good level. The only reason she was put on the high dosage was because of the clogged arteries. This was not done by her regular doctor, but by the cardiologist. It didn't sound like it had anything to do with her cholesterol numbers. Neither doctor has done any blood work on her since then.
Sounds like they are upping her statins to keep the arteries clean, but still, 80 is really alot. Like I said, hubby started off with 10, then 20 after his artery cleaning and it did well, but he has always had a Trig problem, so his reg. dr. decied to keep pushing the doseage up. After the 80 dose is when he got very stomach sick and I called the cardio guy. Dr. was upset he was put on 80 for Trigs, as he said Lipitor isn't that great for Trigs and his cholesterol numbers were fine, so he got him back down to the 10.

I would definitely ask each dr. if they are aware she has had no bloodwork done in so long, one might think the other is doing it, and noone is, not a very good idea. If it were me, I would call the offices of both drs. monday and ask why she hasn't been tested.

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That same thought crossed my mind.....each doctor thinking the other is checking her blood but you have to wonder how this doctor keeps refilling the script without even asking. We live quite a ways from each other but I have already convinced her to contact her doctor. I don't think she even realized how bad it was that they weren't checking her until we talked about it. Thanks for your help JJ! Oh, and p.s.....that dosage seems much too high to me also.

 
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That same thought crossed my mind.....each doctor thinking the other is checking her blood but you have to wonder how this doctor keeps refilling the script without even asking. We live quite a ways from each other but I have already convinced her to contact her doctor. I don't think she even realized how bad it was that they weren't checking her until we talked about it. Thanks for your help JJ! Oh, and p.s.....that dosage seems much too high to me also.
Better check to see if she's taking a calcium channel blocker for her heart. She also needs to be taking COq10 with that lipitor.

 
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Re: Cutting pill in half?

Cindy,

Lipitor 80's split very easily into 2- 40's. It works just fine and cuts the cost of an expensive statin in half.
I think anyone who isn't splitting Lipitor is wasting his money!

I LIKE Lipitor but I wouldn't consider taking 80 mg...for one thing the marginal benefits of the higher doses are miniscule. More benefit might be gotten by adding ezetimibe or niacin to a lower dose.

 
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I think it is fairly standard procedure these days to prescribe 80mg of Lipitor following a heart artery procedure. I know of at least three people who have had heart procedures of some sort and in all three cases large doses of Lipitor were prescribed without regard to cholesterol levels. I don't know if they have stayed on such high doses for any length of time. Honestly, I don't see how they could, but I do know this amount was recommended so I assume it is becoming post-op procedure.

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That same thought crossed my mind.....each doctor thinking the other is checking her blood but you have to wonder how this doctor keeps refilling the script without even asking. We live quite a ways from each other but I have already convinced her to contact her doctor. I don't think she even realized how bad it was that they weren't checking her until we talked about it. Thanks for your help JJ! Oh, and p.s.....that dosage seems much too high to me also.
Glad U convinced her to call one of the drs. at least. Hubby's reg. dr. and cardio man keep in close contact, all his bloodwork is faxed to both of them, which is how it should be. Nothing worse then one dr. not knowing what the other is prescribing, that could lead to problems for sure. As far as the doseage, like I said, it really seems way too high to me. Oh well, maybe she will get some answers when she calls. Don't know if she is on any other meds., but those drs. best wake up and smell the coffee, keeping in contact about your mom's meds. is VERY important.

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[QUOTE=janeslk]I think it is fairly standard procedure these days to prescribe 80mg of Lipitor following a heart artery procedure. I know of at least three people who have had heart procedures of some sort and in all three cases large doses of Lipitor were prescribed without regard to cholesterol levels. I don't know if they have stayed on such high doses for any length of time. Honestly, I don't see how they could, but I do know this amount was recommended so I assume it is becoming post-op procedure.


That is absolutley irresponsible to prescribe large doses of Lipitor without regard to cholesterol levels. Lipitor is know to raise calcium deposits in the arteries. (per PubMed). (look up calcium deposits and lipitor after coronary infraction) and other sources. Also known to raise Lp(A) exactly want you don't want....at any time. What a stupid time to raise Lipitor, when your body's immune system is comprimised. Statins already lower the immune system. (look up statins and immune system). Some doctors are getting to the point that they use statins like some people use bleach. If a little is good, then a lot is even better.

 
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Thank you all for your input. I will be sure to give this info to my mother and will check back with her later.

Thanks again,
Cindy

 
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