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atorvastatin

This medicine is used as an adjunct to diet in hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol), heterozygous (genetic disorder characterized with markedly increased LDL and cholesterol )and homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (a condition in which it is difficult to remove bad cholesterol from body), mixed hyperlipidemia (genetic disorder characterized with high lipids (fats), cholesterol and free fatty acids in blood).

Contradications

  • Atorvastatin is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to Escitalopram or other components present in this medicine.
  • Atorvastatin is metabolized in the liver. As a result, if you have pre-existing liver problems, this medication is not suggested since it may cause Atorvastatin accumulation in your blood, increasing the chance of side effects. It may possibly cause more liver damage.

Side effects

Atorvastatin can cause GI upset, myalgia (muscle pain), arthralgia (pain in joints), headache, asthenia (abnormal weakness), insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), dizziness, paraesthesia (abnormal sensation of skin such as tingling, burning, chilling and numbness), hypoaesthesia (reduces sensation in one or more body parts), chest and back pain, pain extremities, epistaxis (bleeding from nose), muscle spasms, joint swelling, abnormal LFTs, raised creatinine kinase, ALT and CPK levels, hyperglycemia (high blood glucose), nasopharyngitis (swelling of nasal passages and back of throat, commonly known as cold) etc. Immune mediated necrotising myopathy (autoimmune muscle disease relatively severe proximal weakness) is also reported.

Expert Advice

  • Take with or without meals.
  • Take medicine at the same time each day.
  • Contact prescriber if unrelieved diarrhea (watery stools), fever, unusual muscle cramps, weakness, mood changes, memory changes, yellowing of skin or eyes, easy bruising or bleeding or unusual fatigue (weakness).
  • Take a missed dose as soon as you remember, unless it is likely the time of next dose. Do not double the dose.
  • Avoid high intake of grapefruit juice (>1 litre per day).
  • Take sufficient amounts of fluids (2-3 litres per day), unless restricted by the prescriber.
  • Laboratory tests are important during therapy.

FAQs

What should you monitor while taking Atorvastatin?

Serum triglycerides, cholesterol and LFTs should be evaluated before the start of therapy, and periodically thereafter.

How to store this medicine?

Please store the tablet form of this medicine at room temperature (18-25 Celsius). Keep medicine away from excessive light and moisture. Please keep it away from children.

What should you not take with Atorvastatin?

Avoid high cholesterol and high fat foods, excessive grapefruit or grapefruit juice and excess alcohol use.

What happens if you eat grapefruit while taking atorvastatin?

It contains a chemical that interferes with body ability to breakdown statin medications.

What should I do if I forget to take atorvastatin?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. But do not take if it has been more than 12 hours since the last dose.

Medicines containing atorvastatin

Lipiget 10 mg

By Getz Pharma

Pack size: 1 x 10's

Rs.290

Lipiget 20 mg

By Getz Pharma

Pack size: 1 x 10's

Rs.499

Lipiget 40 mg

By Getz Pharma

Pack size: 1 x 10's

Rs.625

Lipitor 10mg

By Pfizer

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.350

Lipitor 20mg

By Pfizer

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.550

Stat-A 20mg

By High-Q

Pack size: 2x7's

Rs.170

Pro-statin 10mg 10mg

By CCL

Pack size: 10s

Rs.175

Lipirex 10mg

By Highnoon

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.225

Stat-A 10mg

By High-Q

Pack size: 2x7's

Rs.144

Pro-statin 20mg

By CCL

Pack size: 10s

Rs.350

Atorva 10mg

By Pharmatec

Pack size: 10s

Rs.308

Lipitor 40mg

By Pfizer

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.750

Lastolip 20mg

By Wilshire

Pack size: 20s

Rs.335

Lochol 10mg

By Scilife

Pack size: 2x15's

Rs.224.85

Lipirex 20mg

By Highnoon

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.420

Stat-A 40mg

By High-Q

Pack size: 2x7's

Rs.230

Lipivastin 10mg

By Mass-PH Health

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.100

Atorva 20mg

By Pharmatec

Pack size: 10's

Rs.548.6

Lastolip 10mg

By Wilshire

Pack size: 20's

Rs.180

Tavist 10mg

By Macter

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.172.5

Lipotrim 20mg

By Maple

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.350

Orva 20mg

By Bosch

Pack size: 10s

Rs.270

Orva 10mg

By Bosch

Pack size: 10s

Rs.144.3

Sensicon 10 mg

By Barrett

Pack size: 1 x 10's

Rs.230

Lipirex 40mg

By Highnoon

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.525

Atorva 40mg

By Pharmatec

Pack size: 10

Rs.637.48

Descol 20mg

By Nabi Qasim

Pack size: 10's

Rs.360

Descol 10mg

By Nabi Qasim

Pack size: 10's

Rs.198

Oscar 10mg

By Scotman

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.180

Oscar 20mg

By Scotman

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.237.6

Oscar 40mg

By Scotman

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.600

Oscar Plus 5mg/10mg

By Scotman

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.200

Oscar Plus 5mg/20mg

By Scotman

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.287

Winstor 10mg

By Sanofi

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.184

Winstor 20mg

By Sanofi

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.330.6

Winstor 40mg

By Sanofi

Pack size: 1x10's

Rs.618.62

Lochol 40 mg

By Scilife

Pack size: 1 x 15's

Rs.524.86

Atorva 10 mg

By Pharmatec

Pack size: 2 x 10's

Rs.297.5

Lipirex 10 mg

By Highnoon

Pack size: 2 x 10's

Rs.245

Lipirex 20mg

By Highnoon

Pack size: 2x10's

Rs.455