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Basic Questions About Atorvastatin

What is Atorvastatin?

Atorvastatin lowers (Bad Cholesterol)

Atorvastatin is a drug used to treat cholesterol and to prevent some cardiovascular diseases. It is a generic of brand Lipitor. Atorvastatin is known to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood. This drug comes in the group of drugs known as HMG coa reductase. Atorvastatin, if used along with a healthy diet is known to lower the bad cholesterols and to increase the amount of good cholesterols. High amount of bad cholesterol or low density lipoproteins can result in various cardiovascular problems like stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in people with diabetes and coronary heart disease etc.

How it works?

Understanding the drug:

Atorvastatin is a class of HMG coa reductase inhibitors. These drugs act by competitively inhibiting HMG coa reductase, an enzyme that is the key ratelimiting enzyme of cholesterol biosynthetic pathway.

When should you avoid it

You should not take this drug if you:

Always remember to ask your doctor about do’ and don’ts of a medicine taking procedure. Try to avoid this drug if:

  • You are allergic to it
  • You are pregnant
  • Your are breastfeeding
  • Are going to have a surgery or medical therapy
  • You have uncontrolled seizures etc.

You have any underlying helath condition such as kidney, liver or hormonal disease. Also ask your doctor to provide a list of drugs that could negatively interact with Atorvastatin, so that you can avoid taking those medicines.

How much to take?

How much to take?

General dosage may vary according to patient health and the kind of risks needed to be prevented using this drug. So, your doctor will prescribe you the best dosage based on your helath conditions. The general dosage is of 10, 20 and 40 mg orally once in a day. The medicine can be taken without the regards to meals.

How to take it?

Take the tablets orally with water once in a day. Consult your doctor about the correct dosage pattern. You can take this drug with or without meals.

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:

  • Atorlip F 10 +154 mg
  • Atorva 5 mg
  • Atorva 80 mg
  • Lipvas 10 mg
  • Lipvas 20 mg
  • Lipvas 40 mg
  • Tonat EZ 10 +10 mg
  • Tonact EZ 20 +10 mg
  • These drugs are offered on our website in various pack sizes.

When to take?

According to general recommendations, the drug could be taken once in any time of the day without any regards to meal. Dose adjustment need to done after 2-4 weeks.

For how long should it be taken?

Take the drug as long as prescribed by the doctor. Take this medicine regularly in order to get the best benefits from the drug. Its is important that you continue the drug even if you feel well.

What if you take too much (overdose)?

In case of overdose or a suspected overdose, call your emergency helpline number or poison helpline number immediately. Although there are no known specific overdosing sideeffect, still one should get the treatment as soon as possible based on the symptoms observed.

What are the side effects?

Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:

Always assure that the doctor has prescribed you this drug as he finds that the benefits of this drug are several folds from the risks associated with it. There are very few side effects associated with this drug, however the common side effects seen are:

  • Infrequent muscle problems
  • Weakness or tenderness in muscles
  • May rarely cause liver problems
  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic reactions
  • Severe dizziness
  • Occasional breathing troubles etc.
  • It is not the complete list of the possible side effects, so ask your doctor about the complete list of the expected side effects.