Atorvastatin is prescribed as an adjunct to diet for the reduction of total and LDL cholesterol. It also may be used in hypercholesterolemic patients without clinically evident heart disease to reduce the risk of myocardial infarction, to reduce the risk for revascularization, and reduce the risk of death due to cardiovascular causes.
Atorvastatin belongs to a group of drugs known as statins. It reduces the level of low-density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol in the body. It also helps in curing various conditions like narrowing of arteries that arises due to high cholesterol levels in the body.
Use of Atorvastatin must be as per directed by the doctor. It is also important to take regular dose of Atorvastatin for best results. However if you have missed a dose, don’t try to compensate it by taking an extra dose with the next one. That is extremely harmful to the body.
You should also consult with your doctor regarding the intake of this drug in case you are suffering from :
It is harmful to use Atorvastatin if you are suffering from any liver diseases. Also, this drug is not permitted to be used by anyone below the age of 10 years. A pregnant woman or someone planning to get pregnant should not take this drug.
Some other conditions that require the doctor’s clearance are, if you have or are -
- Taking any prescribed medicine or diet supplements
- Any food or medicine allergies
- Consume alcohol regularly
- Any kind of muscle problems
- Low blood pressure
- Diabetes etc.
Atorvastatin should be stored at a temperature between 20 to 25 degree celcius. It should be kept away from heat, moisture and direct sunlight. Keep the drug away from the reach of the children and pets.
The most common use of this medication is:
Type 3 Hyperlipoproteinemia
Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia
Prevention Of Cardiovascular Diseases
Prevention Of Stroke
How long is the duration of effect?This medicine is excreted largely through feces and the effect lasts for a duration of 57 to 76 hours.
What is the onset of action?The peak effect of this medicine can be observed within 3 to 5 hours.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
Is it habit forming?No habit forming tendencies were reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?This medicine is not recommended for breastfeeding women.
Is It safe with alcohol?Caution is recommended while consuming alcohol with this medicine. Kindly consult with your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?This medicine usually does not affect the patients ability to drive.
Does this affect kidney function?Only limited data is available regarding the use of this medicine in patient with kidney disease. Adjustment of dose is not needed. Kindly inform your doctor for any further detail.
Does this affect liver function?Caution must be taken in patient with liver disease. Adjustment of dose might be needed. Kindly consult your doctor before taking this medication.
Are there any missed dose instructions?The missed dose should be taken as soon possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it's already time for your next scheduled dose.
Are there any overdose instructions?Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Atorvastatin as ingredient
This medication works by increasing the number of hepatic LDL receptors on the cell surface, enhancing uptake and catabolism of LDL and it inhibits the hepatic synthesis of VLDL, thereby reducing the total number of VLDL and LDL particles.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Alcohol
Interaction with Lab Test
Interaction with Medicine
- CYP3A3/4 enzyme substrate
- Cholestyramine reduces absorption of several HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors; separate administration times by at least 4 hours.
- Cholestyramine and colestipol (bile acid sequestrants): Cholesterol-lowering effects are additive.
- Clofibrate and fenofibrate may increase the risk of myopathy and rhabdomyolysis.
- Niacin may increase the risk of myopathy and rhabdomyolysis.
- Other: Clarithromycin, danazol, diltiazem, fluvoxamine, indinavir, nefazodone, nelfinavir, ritonavir, verapamil, troleandomycin, cyclosporine, fibric acid derivatives, erythromycin, niacin, or azole antifungals.
Interaction with Disease
DiabetesBefore taking this medicine, inform the doctor if you are suffering from diabetes. Regular blood glucose tests are to be made and appropriate diet should be maintained.
RhabdomyolysisAny symptoms of muscle pain, tenderness or weakness should be reported to the doctor. Inform the doctor if you have any history of muscle disorder.
Interaction with Food
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