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Atorvastatin

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

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. It can also reduce the amount of liver fat in the body. This drug is also used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack or coronary heart diseases.

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 the high cholesterol levels in the body. It can also reduce the amount of liver fat in the body. This drug is also used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack or coronary heart diseases.

Use of Atorvastatin must be as per directed by the doctor. It is available in tablet form. 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. 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. You should also consult with your doctor regarding the intake of this drug in case you are suffering from kidney disease or undergoing dialysis. Some other conditions that require the doctor’s clearance are: if you are taking any prescribed medicine or diet supplements, if you have any food or medicine allergies, if you consume alcohol regularly, if you are suffering from any kind of muscle problems, if you have low blood pressure, if you have diabetes etc.

Atorvastatin might also cause certain side effects. The common ones amongst them are constipation, headache, stomach pain, weakness etc. However sometimes it might also cause some severe side effects like allergic reactions, blood in urine, chest pain, severe back pain, symptoms of liver problems like yellowing of skin or eyes etc. If these severe side effects appear, it is necessary to seek medical help right away.

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.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.

Hyperlipidemia

Atorvastatin is used to treat Hyperlipidemia, which is a condition characterized by high levels of lipids in the blood.

Type III Hyperlipoproteinemia

Atorvastatin is used in the treatment of Type III Hyperlipoproteinemia which is a genetic disorder characterized by the improper breakdown of lipids, causing accumulation of lipids in the body.

Hypertriglyceridemia

Atorvastatin is used in the treatment of Hypertriglyceridemia which is a type of fat found in the blood which increases the risk of heart diseases.

Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Atorvastatin is used in the treatment of Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia which is a genetic disorder characterized by high cholesterol levels.

Prevention of cardiovascular diseases

Atorvastatin is used to reduce the incidence of heart attacks by reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the body.

Prevention of Stroke

Atorvastatin is used to reduce the incidence of stroke by reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the body.
Avoid taking this medicine if you have a known history of allergy to it.

Liver damage

Avoid taking this medicine if you are suffering from a liver disease or if there is any abnormality in the liver function tests.
In addition to its intended effect, Atorvastatin may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Muscle pain

Major Rare

Tenderness

Major Rare

Weakness

Major Rare

Headache

Minor Common

Joint pain

Minor Common

Acid or sour stomach

Minor Less Common

Diarrhea

Minor Less Common

Excessive air or gas in stomach

Minor Less Common

Blood in urine

Minor Less Common

Redness of the skin especially on the face and neck

Minor Less Common

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.

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.

India

United States

Japan

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Atorvastatin as ingredient
Eris Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd
Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Micro Labs Ltd
Leeford Healthcare
Micro Labs Ltd
Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Dr. Reddys Laboratories Ltd
Zydus Cadila
Micro Labs Ltd
Ajanta Pharma Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd
Biochem Pharmaceutical Inds
Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd
Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd
Eris Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
Dr. Reddys Laboratories Ltd
Atorvastatin increases 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 Disease

Diabetes

Moderate
Before 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.

Rhabdomyolysis

Major
Any 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 Alcohol

Alcohol

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Interaction with Lab Test

Lab

Information not available.

Interaction with Food

Food

Information not available.

Interaction with Medicine

Cyclosporine

Major
You may have muscle pain, tenderness, and dark colored urine if these medicines are taken together. Inform the doctor if you are taking these medicines together. Appropriate dose adjustments are to be made under the doctor's supervision.

Colchicine

Major
You may experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, muscle pain, and numbness in hands and feet if these medications are taken together. This interaction is more likely to happen in the elderly population with pre-existing kidney disease. Regular kidney function tests should be performed if coadministration is necessary. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be done under the doctor's supervision.

Atazanavir

Major
The risk of liver and muscle injury is more if these medicines are taken together. Inform the doctor if you experience fever, joint pain, fatigue, and yellowing of the skin or eyes. The interaction is more likely to happen if you have a pre-existing kidney disease. Replacement of the medicine should be done under the doctor's supervision.

Gemfibrozil

Major
The risk of muscle injury may increase if these medicines are taken together. Inform the doctor if you experience muscle pain, tenderness or weakness. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be done under doctor's supervision.
What are you using Atorvastatin for?
Other
Prevention of cardiovascular diseases
Hyperlipidemia
Prevention of Stroke
Hypertriglyceridemia
Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia
Type III Hyperlipoproteinemia
How much was the improvement?
Excellent
Average
Poor
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
More than 2 days
Within 6 hours
Within 2 hours
Within 2 days
Within a day
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
Twice a day
Not taking on daily level
Thrice a day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Other
Weakness
Joint Pain
Headache
Excessive air or gas in stomach
Diarrhea
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Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.

Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hi, Do atorvastatin treats chest pain and for how many days atorvastatin can be taken? Please give me suggestion.

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Hi, Do atorvastatin treats chest pain and for how many days atorvastatin can be taken? Please give me suggestion.
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Can any one use C O Q quardic tablet if he have already using high cholesterol tablet Atorvastatin and tablet for B12.

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Can any one use C O Q quardic tablet if he have already using high cholesterol tablet Atorvastatin and tablet for B12.
Yes you can combine, but COQ is not a medically proven chemical. Try not to be on long term medicines for preventive health, it is quite a fashion but probably dangerous.
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What is the difference between Atorvastatin and rosuvastatin? Can these both be consumed?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
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What is the difference between Atorvastatin and rosuvastatin? Can these both be consumed?
Both reduces cholestrol levels n comparison rosuvastatin decreases ldl more significantly then atorvastatins.
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For lowering LDL and total cholesterol which is more effective between atorvastatin and simvastatin?

MBBS, Dip.Cardiology, Fellowship in Clinical Cardiology(FICC), Fellowship in Echocardiology
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For lowering LDL and total cholesterol which is more effective between atorvastatin and simvastatin?
Atorvas is a little more effective for controlling LDL and simvastatin is little more effective in increasing HDL.
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About Atorvastatin
When is Atorvastatin prescribed?
What are the contraindications of Atorvastatin ?
What are the side effects of Atorvastatin ?
Key highlights of Atorvastatin
What are the dosage instructions?
Where is the Atorvastatin approved?
Medicines containing Atorvastatin
How does medicine works?
What are the interactions for Atorvastatin ?