Drug Class: What is Atorvastatin and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Atorvastatin work?
Dosage: How should you take Atorvastatin?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Atorvastatin
Special information on Atorvastatin
Atorvastatin side effects
|Drug Class: What is Atorvastatin and why is it prescribed?|
Atorvastatin 80 mg is an oral drug that lowers the level of cholesterol
in the blood. It belongs to a class of drugs referred to as statins, which
includes Lovastatin (Mevacor), Simvastatin, (Zocor), Fluvastatin (Lescol), and
|Drug Mechanism: How does Atorvastatin work?|
Accumulation of cholesterol and fats along the walls of arteries (a process known
as atherosclerosis) decreases blood flow and, therefore, the oxygen supply to
the heart, brain, and other parts of the body. Lowering the blood level of cholesterol and fats may help to prevent heart disease, angina (chest pain), strokes, and
|Dosage: How should you take Atorvastatin?|
Atorvastatin should be taken once a day, with or without food. You can take
Atorvastatin 80 mg in the morning or the evening, but should hold to the same time
each day. Atorvastatin 80 mg generally begins working within 2 weeks.
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Atorvastatin|
If you take Atorvastatin 80 mg with certain other drugs, the effects of either could
be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with
your doctor before combining Atorvastatin 80 mg with any of the following:
|Special information on Atorvastatin|
Special information on Atorvastatin 80 mg, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, Developing
babies need plenty of cholesterol, so this cholesterol-lowering drug should never
be used during pregnancy. In fact, your doctor is unlikely to prescribe Atorvastatin 80 mg
if there is even a chance that you may become pregnant. If you do conceive while
taking this drug, notify your doctor right away.
|Atorvastatin side effects|
| Side effects of Atorvastatin 80 mg cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change
in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine
if it is safe for you to continue taking Atorvastatin 80 mg. The side effects of
Atorvastatin 80 mg, if any develop are usually mild.
Side effects of Atorvastatin 80 mg: May include abdominal pain, abnormal heartbeat, accidental injury, acne, allergic reaction, amnesia, back pain, black stools, bleeding, breast enlargement, changes in eyesight,
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