FAQs ABOUT ATORVATIN AP 20/150
What is ATORVATIN AP 20/150 used for?
ATORVATIN AP 20/150 is a lipid lowering medicine. It contains aspirin and atorvastatin as the key ingredients. It is used to treat elevated blood cholesterol levels in the body. It can also be used to prevent other conditions associated with high cholesterol levels such as blood clots, atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke or peripheral vascular disease.
What is the difference between Ecosprin and ATORVATIN AP 20/150?
ATORVATIN AP 20/150 is a lipid lowering medicine. It contains aspirin and atorvastatin as the key ingredients. Whereas Ecosprin is a blood thinner which contains only aspirin as the key ingredient.
What are the side effects of ATORVATIN AP 20/150?
The common side effects of taking ATORVATIN AP 20/150 are indigestion, constipation, flatulence, stomach pain, headache, dizziness, or nausea. Consult your doctor if any of these side effect worsens. You must also inform your doctor if you experience stomach pain, dark urine or severe muscle pain or cramps especially if accompanied by fever and malaise after taking ATORVATIN AP 20/150.
Can I stop taking ATORVATIN AP 20/150 once my symptoms subside?
No. Do not stop taking ATORVATIN AP 20/150 without consulting your doctor. As high blood cholesterol levels and blood clot problems are chronic conditions, long term treatment is necessary to control its symptoms. Therefore, take ATORVATIN AP 20/150 as advised by your doctor for the stipulated duration. Premature discontinuation of therapy may cause the symptoms to reappear.
What should I do if I forget to take a dose of ATORVATIN AP 20/150?
If you forget to take a dose of ATORVATIN AP 20/150, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is time to take the next dose, skip the missed dose of ATORVATIN AP 20/150 and take the next one at the regular time. Do not take a double dose of ATORVATIN AP 20/150 to compensate the missed dose.
Is ATORVATIN AP 20/150 a blood thinner?
Yes. ATORVATIN AP 20/150 is a lipid lowering medicine with blood thinning properties. It contains two medicines such as aspirin and atorvastatin. Aspirin prevents the clumping of platelets in the blood vessels and atorvastatin reduces the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides in the body. Collectively they cause blood thinning and reduces the chances of blood clots in the body.
What precautions do I need to follow while taking ATORVATIN AP 20/150?
Before taking ATORVATIN AP 20/150 inform your doctor if you have any kidney or heart problems. You must also inform your doctor if you have serious liver problems, stomach ulcers, bleeding problems, diabetes, family history of muscle disorders or if you are scheduled for any upcoming surgery. Consult your doctor before taking ATORVATIN AP 20/150 if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. Regularly visit your doctor for check ups and perform all the necessary lab tests recommended for you. ATORVATIN AP 20/150 may make you bleed more easily even after minor cuts or injuries, and so avoid engaging yourself in activities that can injure you easily. Inform your doctor if you experience any unpleasant symptoms (such as stomach pain, dark urine or severe muscle pain or cramps with fever and malaise) after taking ATORVATIN AP 20/150.
Can the use of ATORVATIN AP 20/150 affect the liver?
Yes. ATORVATIN AP 20/150 may affect the way your liver work. It can elevate the levels of certain liver enzymes in your body. Therefore, it is strictly not recommended for use in patients with severe liver diseases. It should be used with caution in patients with other minor liver problems. Therefore, consult your doctor before taking it.
Should I stop using ATORVATIN AP 20/150 before any surgery?
Yes. ATORVATIN AP 20/150 is a blood thinner which may make you bleed more easily even after minor cuts or injuries. As surgeries are always associated with increased bleeding tendency, simultaneous use of ATORVATIN AP 20/150 is not recommended as it may make you bleed more.
Which medicines should I avoid while taking ATORVATIN AP 20/150?
While undergoing therapy with ATORVATIN AP 20/150, avoid concomitant use of antibiotics (erythromycin), antifungals (ketoconazole) and antiviral medicines (ritonavir) without consulting your doctor. Also, before taking other blood thinning medications (such as warfarin and heparin), you must consult your doctor as a precaution.