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Atorva 80 mg is a prescription medicine for lowering cholesterol levels. The active ingredient of the medicine Atorvastatin reduces the risk of having a heart attack or stroke in people with high blood pressure and coronary heart disease (CHD) or are at high risk of developing the disease condition. Risk factors for CHD include diabetes, a history of stroke, or blood vessel disorder. Cholesterol is a blood fat in the body needed to build cell lining, make bile acid that helps to digest the food and some hormones. However, too much cholesterol in the bloodstream can be a problem. If your body produces too much cholesterol or takes too much through your diet, your levels become too high. High cholesterol levels could indicate that you have a certain medical condition or have a family history of high cholesterol. Among two types of cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein is the bad cholesterol that can cause your blood vessels to block. High-density lipoprotein or HDL is the good cholesterol that is believed to remove the bad cholesterol from the bloodstream. High levels of bad cholesterol in the bloodstream may stick to the blood vessels inside instead of being where they should be present. Over time, the build of cholesterol on the walls of blood vessels can be called plaque.
Follow all directions given by your doctor at the time of prescribing Atorva 80 mg. Your doctor will discuss the diet that you need to follow while taking Atorvastatin. Carefully follow all the dietary restrictions given on your prescription. If you do not understand the instructions, please consult your doctor for help. Your doctor will tell you how many tablets to take each day. The recommended dose usually depends on your condition and whether or not you are taking any other medicines. The medicine is available in pills that you need to swallow with a glass of water. Do not chew or break the pill.
Do not take Atorva 80 mg if you an allergy to any medicine Atorvastatin. Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include wheezing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, itching, hives on the skin, and swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or other parts of the body. Do not take this anti-hypertensive agent if you have active liver disease. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you are a woman of childbearing age and taking this medicine, use a proven method of birth control to avoid pregnancy.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice muscle and joint pain, constipation, belly pain, heartburn, urine infection, headache, stuffy nose, nose bleeds, rash, constipation, muscle weakness, etc. These are the common side effects of Atorvastatin 80 mg and are mostly mild and short-lived.