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Atorvastatin is available in the form of tablets that can be taken orally.
Atorvastatin belongs to a class of drugs called as statins or HMG CoA reductase inhibitors.
This medicine is prescribed for dyslipidaemia and lowering the risks of heart attack or stroke and other cardiac complications in vulnerable people such as those with diabetes, coronary heart disease or other risk factors. Atorvastatin helps in reducing the amount of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also called as bad cholesterol along with triglycerides in the blood. It also helps in improving the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol in the blood.
It also helps in secondary prevention of stroke, myocardial infarction, angina, revascularization, etc. Other uses include the use of high-dose statin therapy helps in plaque-stabilization in patients suffering from thrombotic stroke or acute coronary syndrome.
Atorvastatin is used in combination with other drugs such as bile acid sequestrants and ezetimibe. The drug should not be used with other cholesterol-lowering drugs such as fibrates. This may lead to risk of myopathy related side effects.
The drug can be administered at bedtime, but can also be given any time of the day. However, one has to maintain the same time of dose regularly for optimal effect.
People with the following conditions are advised against the use of atorvastatin:
Patients with high cholesterol or other heart complications are prescribed atorvastatin. It is also advised for children over 10 years of age and suffering from familial heterozygous hypercholesterolemia.
Atorvastatin tablet is taken by mouth once a day with or without food. One should take the medicine at the same time every day. You can read the instructions on the prescription label carefully or follow the advice of your doctor before taking the medications. Never take more than the prescribed dose of the medicine by your doctor. Contine use of the medication, even if you feel good health wise. Never stop the medication, without speaking to your doctor.
If you forget a dose, take it immediately once you remember about it. However, if there are less than 12 hours until the next dose of atorvastatin, skip the one missed. Never take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
You should follow a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet and continue with all recommended exercises by your doctor. Avoid drinking more than 1.2 liter of grapefruit juice when taking atorvastatin.
Atorvastatin belongs to FDA pregnancy category X. Atorvastatin should not be used in pregnant women as it cause harm to unborn baby.
Complications/Side Effects of atorvastatin
Some of the side effects caused by atorvastatin include:
Other rare, but serious complications that require immediate medical attention include:
If you experience any of the above symptoms, call the doctor immediately.
The medication should be kept tightly closed in the container it is sold in. Keep at room temperature away from excessive heat and moisture. Do not use expired or extra medications. Keep it out of reach of children.
Atorvastatin may react with certain medications, complementary preparations as well as vitamins. If you are on or are planning to start any other medications, please make sure you inform your doctor beforehand. The doctor can then decide if the drug is safe to use along with other combination of drugs used by you.
Speak to your doctor or pharmacists for more information related to atorvastatin.
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: May 05, 2015
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