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 10 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 Pravastatin (Pravachol).
|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 10 mg in the morning or the evening, but should hold to the same time
each day. Atorvastatin 10 mg generally begins working within 2 weeks.
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Atorvastatin|
If you take Atorvastatin 10 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 10 mg with any of the following:
|Special information on Atorvastatin|
Special information on Atorvastatin 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 mg. The side effects of Atorvastatin 10 mg, if any develop are usually mild.
Side effects of Atorvastatin 10 mg: May include abdominal pain, abnormal heartbeat, accidental injury, acne, allergic reaction, amnesia, back pain, black stools, bleeding, breast enlargement, changes in eyesight, changes in taste
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