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Atorvastatin 20mg
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Drug Information

What is Atorvastatin used for?

Atorvastatin is a cholesterol-lowering medication, which can help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and vascular diseases. It works by blocking the production of cholesterol in the body. Atorvastatin reduces bad cholesterol namely low-density lipoprotein. It belongs to a class of drugs referred to as statins.

How to take Atorvastatin?

The dosage of Atorvastatin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Atorvastatin with a full glass of water. It can be taken with or without food.

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Atorvastatin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Atorvastatin, seek medical attention immediately.

What are the drugs that interact with Atorvastatin?

  • Digoxin
  • Erythromycin
  • Fluconazole
  • Gemfibrozil
  • Indinavir
  • Itraconazole
  • Ketoconazole
  • Nelfinavir
  • Niacin
  • Ritonavir
  • Saquinavir

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Atorvastatin.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Atorvastatin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Atorvastatin can interact with antifungal medications, certain macrolide antibiotics, and HIV or AIDS medications.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side Effects of Atorvastatin?

Like other medicines, Atorvastatin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Atorvastatin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Atorvastatin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Atorvastatin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Atorvastatin can cause side effects such as:

  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose
  • Itching

This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Atorvastatin.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Atorvastatin?

Is it possible for me to take Atorvastatin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Atorvastatin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Atorvastatin?
How will Atorvastatin work in my body?
How should Atorvastatin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Atorvastatin drug interactions and side effects?

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