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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).
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.
This medicine is contraindicated in active liver disease, persistent raised liver enzymes. Adequate contraception should be ensured.
It is advisable to take this medication in the evening as our body produces most cholesterol at night.
Some common side effects of this medication are insomnia (inability to sleep), UTI (urinary tract infection), loss of appetite and arthralgia (joint pain).
Consult your doctor before consuming grapefruit juice or grapefruit.
No, this medication may improve kidney function in patients with cardiovascular disease. Consult your doctor with further risks and benefits.
Yes, in some patients it can. Consult your doctor for the risks and benefits associated with this medicine before use.
This medicine is used in combination with diet for treating primary hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol levels) with or without statin medication, homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia in combination with statin or, if necessary, other medicines, and in combination with diet for treating homozygous familial sitosterolemia (inherited disorder of sterol metabolism).
The patients administered with this medicine may experience headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, gastrointestinal disturbances, and abnormal liver function tests.
The patients with moderate to severe hepatic (liver) impairment and concomitant use of statin in liver disease should avoid the use of this medicine.
This medicine mostly takes about 2 weeks to show its full effect.
There is no ideal time to take this medicine. It can be taken at any time of the day. However, please ensure that you take it at the same time every day.
This medicine may interact with grapefruit and its juice. Please avoid consuming grapefruit during use of this medicine.
This medicine is a non-statin cholesterol lowering medicine. It reduces the absorption of cholesterol from the intestinal tract.
This medicine does not induce or inhibit the liver enzymes. However, it may affect its function indirectly.
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