Atorvastatin

What is atorvastatin?

Atorvastatin reduces levels of bad cholesterol (low density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides from blood, while increasing quantities of good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).

Atorvastatin can be used as a treatment for hypertension, and also to decrease the chance of stroke, stroke, heart attack, or other cardiovascular complications in people who have type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems, along with different risk factors.

Atorvastatin should be used  in adults and kids that are at least ten years older.

Important information

You Should not take atorvastatin if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or when you have liver disorder.

Stop taking this drug and tell your physician straight away in the event that you get pregnant.

Serious medication interactions may occur when certain drugs are used together with atorvastatin. Tell every one of your healthcare provider about all drugs that you use today, as well as some other drugs that you start or quit using.

In rare cases, atorvastatin can cause kidney failure. Stay away from eating foods which are high in cholesterol or fat. Atorvastatin will maybe not be effective in lowering your cholesterol, should you not stick to a cholesterol-lowering diet program.

Atorvastatin is part of an entire application of treatment which also includes exercise, diet, and weight loss control.

Before taking this medicine

You should  not utilize atorvastatin if You’re allergic to it, or if you own:

  • Liver disorder; or
  • If you’re breast-feeding or pregnant.

Don’t use if you’re pregnant. Stop taking this medicine and tell your physician straight away in the event that you get pregnant. Use effective way to avoid pregnancy when you are taking this medication.

Usually do not breastfeed as you’re taking this medication.

To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your physician if you have ever had:

  • Liver problems;
  • Muscle weakness or pain;
  • Kidney disorder;
  • Diabetes
  • A thyroid disease; or
  • In case you drink over two alcoholic drinks per day.

Atorvastatin could give rise to a disease which leads to the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissues, potentially resulting in kidney failure. This illness could be more prone to happen in elderly adults as well as in those who have liver disease or poorly controlled hypothyroidism (under active thyroid).

Atorvastatin isn’t approved for use with anybody younger than ten yrs of age.

How to take atorvastatin?

Take atorvastatin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow  your prescription label. Your doctor may change your dose for better results.

Don’t use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or not use more than recommended.

Atorvastatin is usually taken once each day, with or without food. Take the medicine exactly the  same time daily.

Do not break a tablet before taking it.

You may need to stop using this medicine for a short time if you have:

  • uncontrolled seizures;
  • an electrolyte imbalance (such as high or low potassium levels in your blood);
  • severely low blood pressure;
  • a severe infection or illness; or
  • surgery or a medical emergency.

It may take up to 2 weeks before your cholesterol levels improve, and you may need regular blood tests. You may not notice any change in your symptoms, still keep using the medication as directed. You may need to take atorvastatin for a long time or for life depending on your medical history.

Atorvastatin is only part of a treatment, the complete treatment program that may also include diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your doctor’s instructions very closely.

Store at room temperature and keep away from moisture, heat, and light.

Follow all instructions on your prescription label. Your physician might periodically alter your dosage to be certain to get the best results. Don’t use this medication in smaller or larger numbers or for more than advised.

Take the medicine exact same time daily. Don’t break a tablet before taking it.

You may need to stop using this medicine for a short time if you have:

  • uncontrolled seizures
  • an electrolyte imbalance (such as high or low potassium levels in your blood)
  • low blood pressure
  • infection or illness

It might take as many as two weeks before your cholesterol levels improve, and also you might need routine blood tests. You could not observe any change in your symptoms, however continue using the drugs as directed. You might have to take atorvastatin for quite a while or for a lifetime based upon your medical history.

Atorvastatin is only a part of an entire treatment program which might also include exercise, diet, and weight loss control. Follow your physician’s directions very closely.

Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and lighting.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose when you remember. Skip the missed dose if the following dose is less than 12 hrs away. Don’t take additional medicine to make up the dose.

What should I avoid while taking atorvastatin?

Stay away from eating foods which are high in cholesterol or fat. Atorvastatin will maybe not be effective in lowering your cholesterol, should you not stick to a cholesterol-lowering diet program.

Minimize drinking alcohol. It might raise triglyceride levels and could increase your chance of liver damage.

Grapefruit juice may interact with atorvastatin and lead to potentially dangerous side effects. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.

Atorvastatin side effects

Seek for medical emergency, if you have signs of Hives and Difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, atorvastatin can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, potentially leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you undergo tenderness, muscle pain, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.

Also call your doctor if you have the following symptoms:

  • pain or burning when you urinate;
  • liver problems – upper stomach pain, weakness, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
  • kidney problems – little or no urinating, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath.

Common atorvastatin side effects may include:

  • Joint Pain
  • Stuffy nose, sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain in your arms or legs.

This isn’t a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice regarding your side effects, if required.