ATORVASTATIN belongs to a class of medications called statins to treat raised cholesterol levels in our body. ATORVASTATIN helps lower the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol in the blood and increase the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol. Dyslipidaemia is the deposition of unhealthy fat (lipid) levels in the blood. In this condition, there is always a high level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or bad cholesterol), triglycerides (TG) and a low level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or good cholesterol).
ATORVASTATIN contains 'Atorvastatin' which works by slowing the production of cholesterol in the body to decrease the amount of cholesterol that may build up on the arteries walls and block blood flow to the heart, brain, and other parts of the body. ATORVASTATIN helps to decrease the production of cholesterol that may build up in the blood vessels (arteries) of the heart, brain, and other parts of the body. Lowering cholesterol levels helps prevent heart diseases such as heart attacks and strokes in the future. ATORVASTATIN can also be prescribed for people with a family history of raised cholesterol in coronary heart disease or long-term health conditions of type 1, type 2 diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis.
The prescribed dose of ATORVASTATIN is daily once a day at the same time. Your doctor will advise you on how often you take your tablets based on your medical condition. You can take ATORVASTATIN with food or without food. It should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. Do not chew, bite, or break it. In a few cases, you may experience allergic reactions, hyperglycaemia (excess of glucose in the bloodstream), headache, vision blurred, pain, constipation, nausea, diarrhoea, muscle spasms, joint swelling, and back pain. Most of these side effects of ATORVASTATIN do not require medical attention and gradually resolve over time. Consult your doctor immediately if you have yellowing eye/skin (jaundice), dark urine, or repeated unexplained muscular pain.
ATORVASTATIN may cause a breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. This condition usually occurs in the elderly, people with kidney disease, and poorly controlled hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). ATORVASTATIN should not be prescribed to children less than ten years of age. You should contact a doctor before if you have had an allergic reaction to ATORVASTATIN, have liver or kidney problems, pregnant or planning to get pregnant, are breastfeeding, have severe lung disease, have a previous heart attack or stroke caused by bleeding in the brain, have hypothyroidism, drink more than two servings of alcohol per day and have a muscle disorder (fibromyalgia). The efficiency of ATORVASTATIN can be increased by taking low-fat or cholesterol-containing food and drinks.
ATORVASTATIN taken with dietary measures helps treat high cholesterol, especially for heart patients when initial dietary measures fail to lower cholesterol. It helps lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the level of good cholesterol (HDL) in the state of dyslipidaemia or hyperlipidaemia. ATORVASTATIN is considered more effective compared to other statins. ATORVASTATIN also lowers the amount of fat or cholesterol deposition (plaque) in the heart's arteries, thereby reducing the chance of having a heart attack or stroke in the future.
ATORVASTATIN may cause a breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. This condition usually occurs in the elderly, people with kidney disease, and poorly controlled hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). ATORVASTATIN should not be prescribed to children less than ten years of age. You should contact a doctor before if you have had an allergic reaction to ATORVASTATIN, have a liver problem (jaundice, liver cirrhosis), or kidney problems, are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, are breastfeeding, have severe lung disease, have a previous heart attack or stroke caused by bleeding in the brain, have hypothyroidism, drink more than two servings of alcohol per day and have a muscle disorder (fibromyalgia) and damaged muscle tissue (rhabdomyolysis).
Drug-Drug Interactions: This medicine may have interaction with antibiotics (like cephalexin, tetracycline, gentamicin), antifungals (like miconazole, fluconazole, and ketoconazole), HIV medicines (like abacavir, retrovir, and tenofovir), hepatitis C medicines (like ribavirin, elbasvir), anti-arthritis pills (cyclosporin), heart rate-controlling pills (amiodarone) and anti-hypertensive drugs (like verapamil, diltiazem).
Food-Drug Interactions: ATORVASTATIN may interact with grapefruit. It increases the concentration of ATORVASTATIN in your body.
Drug-Disease Interactions: Patients with serious liver disease (jaundice), kidney disease, lung disease, and muscle weakness (rhabdomyolysis) should be closely monitored while having treatment with ATORVASTATIN.
Do not drink too much while taking this medicine. drinking a lot of alcohol you may more likely to get muscle and liver side effects.
ATORVASTATIN is not recommended during pregnancy. Contact your doctor before taking ATORVASTATIN.
Breastfeeding is not recommended. Contact your doctor before taking ATORVASTATIN.
ATORVASTATIN has negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines.
ATORVASTATIN to be taken with caution, especially if you have a history of Liver diseases/conditions. The dose may have to be adjusted by your doctor.
ATORVASTATIN to be taken with caution, especially if you have a history of Kidney diseases/conditions. The dose may have to be adjusted by your doctor.
ATORVASTATIN is not indicated in the treatment of patients below the age of 10 years.
High cholesterol: Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by the liver to protect nerves, make tissue, and various hormones. Our body also receives cholesterol from food, like cooking oils, eggs, meats, and dairy products. Excess cholesterol is bad for our health. There are two types of cholesterol: ' bad cholesterol' and 'good cholesterol'. Bad cholesterol comprises low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglycerides (TG), while good cholesterol consists of high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Usually, there are no specific symptoms of raised or high cholesterol levels but a large deposition of cholesterol in the arteries (plaque) or heart blockage. Blocked artery or plaque formation in the heart's arteries can lead to chest pain (angina), heart attack, or stroke. So it is advisable to have complete cholesterol tests (lipid profile tests) at least once a year. It will help you closely monitor your heart health and risk of heart attack and stroke.
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