Atorvastatin belongs to a family of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors or ‘statins’. Atorvastatin lowers levels of low density lipoprotein or LDL (considered as the bad cholesterol) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of high density lipoprotein or HDL (considered as the good cholesterol). High levels of LDL can result in stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors. This drug is primarily used for the treatment of Dyslipidemia and the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Understanding the drug:
How it works?
This drug is completely synthetic and this drug works by hepatic cholesterol biosynthesis and lowers the levels of LDL cholesterol that is the main reason behind strokes and other cardiovascular diseases.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take this drug if you:
- Are allergic to this drug or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- Are pregnant
- Are breastfeeding or planning to breast feed
- Have liver disease
- Have diabetes or thyroid problems
- Take more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily
- Have kidney problems
- Have severe bladder infection
How much to take?
Always take the drug dose as prescribed by the doctor only. Never change the dosage, start, or stop using the drug without doctor’s permission. Always complete the dose.
What are the strengths available?
This drug Atorvastatin is available on our website in the following strengths and brand names sold by various well known pharmaceutical companies:
- Atorva 5 mg
- Lipvas 10mg
- Atorlip F10+145mg
- Tonact EZ 10+10mg
- Tonact EZ 20+10mg
- Atorva 80 mg
- Lipvas 20 mg
- Lipvas 40 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
The drugs are manufactured by well known pharmaceutical giants like Atorlip F by Cipla, Tonact EZ by Lupin, Atorva by Zydus Cadila and Lipvas by Cipla. These are all available in packs of 30, 60 and 90 tablets.
How to take it?
Swallow the tablet with one glass full of water. Do not break the tablet. Take the drug exactly as directed. This drug should be combined with well balanced calorie controlled diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables.
When to take?
Take the tablet at the same time each day, so as to avoid forgetting the dose. This should become a habit for you to take the tablet until the doctor tells you to stop the drug.
For how long should it be taken?
Take the drug as long as the doctor prescribes you to do. Do not stop taking the medicine without the doctor’s advice.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
You may require urgent medical help in this situation. In such a case visit nearest healthcare center or call your doctor immediately.
What if you miss the dose?
In case you forget to take the dose, skip the dose and take the next dose on the recommended time period if it’s too late but if it’s less than 1 hour of the meal then go and take it. Do not double up the dose for the missed one.
What are the side effects?
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
- Persistent nausea
- Kidney failure
- Liver problems
- Abdominal pain
- Fatigue and dizziness
- Muscle aches
- Weight loss
- Mood changes
- Severe dizziness
In above cases you must go for immediate medical help. Do not get alarmed by the list. You may /may not experience all of them. Tell your doctor immediately in the above situations.
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Certain other drugs can interact with Atorvastatin and increase the risk of serious muscle problems. So it is necessary to consult your doctor about the following drugs such as:
- Birth control pills
- Heart or blood pressure medicines
- HIV medicines
Ask your doctor to get the full list of the drugs needed to be avoided while taking the drug as they may interfere it and may cause adverse effects.
What are the things to be taken care of?
- One should not exceed the dose prescribed by doctor
- Do not give this medicine to anyone else
- This medicine could affect your ability to drive or operate machinery
- Do not give this drug to a child or adolescent under 18 years old
- Avoid a high fat diet
- Avoid alcohol
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