FAQs ABOUT ATORSTAR 5 TABLET
What are the uses of ATORSTAR 5 TABLET?
ATORSTAR 5 TABLET is a lipid-lowering medicine. It is used to control elevated blood cholesterol levels. By reducing blood cholesterol levels, ATORSTAR 5 TABLET can also prevent the risk of heart attack, stroke, angina or related health problems.
Can the use of ATORSTAR 5 TABLET cause diabetes?
Yes. ATORSTAR 5 TABLET may increase blood sugar levels in some patients. This is most predominantly seen in patients who already have diabetes along with obesity and/or hypertension. Therefore, consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you are diabetic, obese or have hypertension. Your doctor will closely monitor your blood sugar levels while undergoing therapy with ATORSTAR 5 TABLET to avoid any unwanted side effects.
What is the best time to take ATORSTAR 5 TABLET?
Take ATORSTAR 5 TABLET as advised by your physician. Your doctor will decide the best time for you to take ATORSTAR 5 TABLET. Try to take this medicine at the same time each day. It can be taken with or without food.
What are the side effects of taking ATORSTAR 5 TABLET?
The most common side effects of taking ATORSTAR 5 TABLET are pain in joints and muscles, gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion or nausea and headache. Contact your doctor if any of the side effects worsen. Also, inform your doctor if you experience severe unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness along with fever after taking this medicine.
Can I consume alcohol along with ATORSTAR 5 TABLET?
ATORSTAR 5 TABLET should be used with caution in patients who consume large amounts of alcohol. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid alcohol consumption while taking this medicine to achieve maximum benefits.
Can the use of ATORSTAR 5 TABLET make me feel more tired?
Yes. The use of ATORSTAR 5 TABLET can make you feel more tired because it acts by reducing the supply of energy to the muscles present in your body. However, you may also feel tired due to other reasons such as severe liver damage. Consult your doctor if you experience excessive tiredness with muscle pain.
Who should not take ATORSTAR 5 TABLET?
ATORSTAR 5 TABLET is not recommended for use in patients with severe liver damage. It is also not suitable for use in patients having muscle problems. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult your doctor before taking ATORSTAR 5 TABLET. Before taking ATORSTAR 5 TABLET inform your doctor if you have diabetes or any kidney or heart problems. Do not take this medicine if you are undergoing therapy with antibiotics such as fusidic acid.
What are the dietary restrictions that I need to follow while taking ATORSTAR 5 TABLET?
While taking ATORSTAR 5 TABLET, follow a low-cholesterol diet as instructed by your doctor and avoid excessive alcohol intake. Avoid eating oil-rich or deep-fried foods. Limit your sugar intake by avoiding eating biscuits, cakes, soft drinks or pastries. Stick to a simple nutritious diet. Avoid consumption of grapefruit while taking ATORSTAR 5 TABLET as it may reduce its effectiveness.
What should I do if I forget to take a dose of ATORSTAR 5 TABLET?
If you forget to take a dose of ATORSTAR 5 TABLET, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is time to take the next dose of ATORSTAR 5 TABLET, skip the missed dose and take the next one at regular times. Do not take a double dose of ATORSTAR 5 TABLET to compensate for the missed dose, as it could lead to toxicity.
Can I stop taking ATORSTAR 5 TABLET once my blood cholesterol level is controlled?
Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor, as it could once again increase your blood cholesterol levels. ATORSTAR 5 TABLET can only control your blood cholesterol levels and cannot cure them completely, therefore, it is important to take this medicine until your doctor advises you to stop.
Can I take ATORSTAR 5 TABLET if I am diabetic?
ATORSTAR 5 TABLET may increase blood sugar levels in some patients. This is most predominantly seen in patients who already have diabetes along with obesity and/or hypertension. Therefore, consult your doctor before taking ATORSTAR 5 TABLET if you are diabetic, obese or have hypertension.
Does ATORSTAR 5 TABLET cause muscle pain?
ATORSTAR 5 TABLET may cause a rare but serious side effect of unexplained muscle pain or weakness called rhabdomyolysis. It might be an early sign of potentially serious muscle degradation. Therefore, consult your doctor if you experience any signs of muscle problems after taking ATORSTAR 5 TABLET. Also, talk to your doctor before taking ATORSTAR 5 TABLET if you already have weak muscles or have a family history of any muscle disorders.
What is ATORSTAR 5 TABLET and what does it do?
ATORSTAR 5 TABLET is a lipid-lowering medicine used to control elevated blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It contains a medicine called atorvastatin which effectively controls elevated blood cholesterol levels by blocking the action of an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase which is involved in cholesterol production.
How long should I take ATORSTAR 5 TABLET to treat high cholesterol?
You should take ATORSTAR 5 TABLET as long as your doctor advises you to take it. Because ATORSTAR 5 TABLET will only help you in managing your cholesterol levels and cannot completely cure them. If you stop using ATORSTAR 5 TABLET, your cholesterol levels may raise once again.
Can ATORSTAR 5 TABLET be taken by pregnant or breastfeeding women?
ATORSTAR 5 TABLET is not recommended for use in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Therefore, consult your doctor before taking it. Women of childbearing age must use a reliable contraceptive method to avoid pregnancy while undergoing therapy with this medicine. However, if you accidentally become pregnant while taking this medicine, stop taking it and consult your doctor immediately.