Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a prescription drug specially designed to lower the levels of cholesterol in the blood. This way Lipitor reduces the risk of developing heart disease and vascular disease as a result of hardening of the arteries. Your health care provider is supposed to know as much as possible from your personal and family medical history. The following conditions are especially important to mention: any muscle disorder, kidney disease, a history of liver disease, diabetes, and underactive thyroid. To treat high cholesterol you will probably have to be taking Lipitor for a long period of time, so all the aspects of your treatment will need to be discussed with your health care provider. Drinking alcohol and consuming grapefruit juice is not recommended while taking Lipitor, as alcohol can damage your liver while the juice has been reported to interfere with Lipitor effects. Lipitor is usually efficient if combined with a healthier diet and exercise. You will need to exclude foods with high contents of fat and those high in cholesterol to make sure Lipitor is efficient. Such side effects as itching, headache, stuffy nose, mild nausea, heartburn, constipation, skin rash, gas, stomach upset, and bloating can be experienced, but you do not need to do anything about them, as in most cases they are short-lived and will go away on their own.