Atorvastatin is an oral drug that decreases the cholesterol levels in the blood. It belongs to the class of drugs known as Statins. They help in lowering the high cholesterol levels in blood. It decreases the LDL cholesterol (Bad) levels in the body. This all decreases the risk of stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular complication.
Understating the ailments it is used for:
Atorvastatin is used in the treatment of Dyslipidemia, reduces risk of cardiovascular conditions like stroke, unstable angina and myocardial infarction
Understanding the drug Atorvastatin:
How it works?
Atorvastatin is a drug that lowers the cholesterol levels in the body.
Atorvastatin is HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and plays a central role in synthesis of cholesterol. It stops the activity of the enzyme known as HMG-CoA reductase and has a key role in cholesterol production. Atorvastatin increases the removal of LDL-C (bad cholesterol) and high triglyceride levels from the body. It increases the HDL (good cholesterol) levels and prevents deposition of fats in body tissues.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Atorvastatin if you:
- Are allergic to Atorvastatin
- Have diabetes
- Have history of liver disease
- Have kidney disease
- Have muscle pain or weakness
- Have a hypo or hyperthyroidism
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
How much to take?
Always take the dose as prescribed by the physician. It is very important to consume medicine timely. The general recommended dose is 10 mg or 20 mg is given. This dose can be increased up to 80 mg depending upon the patient’s condition and demand. With time, dose adjustments are generally done according to the response of the patient. Always take the medicine as prescribed by the doctor.
What are the strengths available?
Atorvastatin tablets contain the following five strength combinations that are available on our website:
- Atorva 5 mg
- Atorva 80 mg
- Atorlip 10 mg
- Atorlip 20 mg
- Atorlip 40 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Atorlip is manufactured by Cipla Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical giant. It is available on our websites in the pack of 30 tablets.
Atorva is manufactured by Zydus Medica, a pharmaceutical giant. It is available on our websites in the pack of 30 tablets.
How to take?
You must swallow the whole tablet with one glass full of water. Do not crush or chew it.
When to take?
Atorvastatin is taken once daily with or without food. It is a best way to take the medicine same time daily because it shows best results and helps to remember when to take the drug.
For how long should it be taken?
It is important to take the drug as instructed by your doctor. Abrupt discontinuation of medicine can cause adverse reactions. So before stopping the drug intake, always consult physician first.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
In case of Overdose, one should immediately consult with his doctor.
What if you miss the dose?
Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose then skip the dose and take your next dose on the correct time. Do not double up the dose to compensate for the missed one.
What are the side effects?
All medicines have their side effects, sometimes they are serious but most of the times they are not. Common side effects are mentioned below:
- Muscular pain
Serious side effects which need medical attention are as follows:
- Unexplained muscle pain, tenderness
- Swelling, weight gain and increased thirst
- Hunger, dry mouth and drowsiness
- Dry skin, abdominal pain , itching , dark colored stools
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Atorvastatin:
- Oral contraceptives
- Nicotinic acid
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Keep the medicine in a close tight container and out of reach of children
- Don’t use the expired medicine
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- Eat low fat diet and exercise regularly
- This drug passes into breast milk and may cause fetal damage
- Limit the intake of Alcohol as it may increase the drowsiness effect
- Along with this drug, diet exercise and weight control are also needed
- Don’t exceed the recommended dose