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    What is Atorvastatin?

    Atorvastatin Tablet is used for High cholesterol, Cardiovascular disease, Prevention of heart attack, Prevention of atherosclerotic stroke, Heart complications, Dyslipidemia and other conditions. Atorvastatin Tablet may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
    Atorvastatin Tablet contains Atorvastatin as an active ingredient.
    Atorvastatin Tablet works by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase and reduces triglycerides levels in the blood.
    Abbott Health manufactures Atorvastatin Tablet.
    Detailed information related to Atorvastatin Tablet's uses, composition, dosage, side effects and reviews is listed below.

    Atorvastatin Tablet Uses

    Atorvastatin Tablet is used for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions and symptoms:
    References: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Learn more: Uses

    Atorvastatin Tablet Working, Mechanism of Action and Pharmacology

    Atorvastatin Tablet improves the patient's condition by performing the following functions:
    References: 1, 7

    Atorvastatin Tablet - Composition and Active Ingredients

    Atorvastatin Tablet is composed of the following active ingredients (salts)
    Please note that this medicine may be available in various strengths for each active ingredient listed above.

    Atorvastatin Tablet - Side-effects

    The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur from all constituting ingredients of Atorvastatin Tablet. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects are possible, but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.
    If you notice other side-effects not listed above, contact your doctor for medical advice. You may also report side-effects to your local food and drug administration authority.
    References: 8, 9, 10, 11
    Learn more: Side-effects

    Atorvastatin Tablet - Precautions & How to Use

    Before using Atorvastatin Tablet, inform your doctor about your current list of medications, over the counter products (e.g. vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side-effects of the drug. Take as directed by your doctor or follow the direction printed on the product insert. Dosage is based on your condition. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Important counseling points are listed below.
    • Alcoholism
    • Avoid excess alcohol while on atorvastatin
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice
    • Avoid intake of excess fat
    • Consult your doctor if you develop muscle pains, yellowing of skin/eyes, or an allergic reaction
    • Do not take atorvastatin if pregnant
    References: 12, 12

    Atorvastatin Tablet - Drug Interactions

    If you use other drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Atorvastatin Tablet may change. This may increase your risk for side-effects or cause your drug not to work properly. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that you doctor can help you prevent or manage drug interactions. Atorvastatin Tablet may interact with the following drugs and products:
    • Antacids
    • Aprepitant
    • Azole antifungals
    • Colchicine
    • Cyclosporine
    • Diltiazem
    References: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
    Learn more: Interactions

    Atorvastatin Tablet - Contraindications

    Hypersensitivity to Atorvastatin Tablet is a contraindication. In addition, Atorvastatin Tablet should not be used if you have the following conditions:
    References: 12
    Learn more: Contraindications

    Where to Buy Atorvastatin Tablet

    Click here to find nearby pharmacies/medical stores where you can buy Atorvastatin Tablet.

    Atorvastatin Tablet - Frequently asked Questions

    • Is Atorvastatin Tablet safe to consume or apply when pregnant?
      References: 12
    • Is Atorvastatin Tablet safe while breastfeeding?
      References: 12
    • Can Atorvastatin Tablet be used for high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease?
      Yes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease are among the most common reported uses for Atorvastatin Tablet. Please do not use Atorvastatin Tablet for high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease without consulting first with your doctor. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as common uses for Atorvastatin Tablet.
    • How long do I need to use Atorvastatin Tablet before I see improvement of my conditions? website users have reported 1 week and > 3 months as the most common time it takes before they saw improvements in their conditions. These times may not be reflective of what you may experience or how you should use this medicine. Please consult with your doctor to check how long do you need to use Atorvastatin Tablet. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as time for effectiveness for Atorvastatin Tablet.
    • At what frequency do I need to use Atorvastatin Tablet? website users have reported once a day and twice a day as the most common frequency of using Atorvastatin Tablet. Please follow your doctor's advice on how often you need to Atorvastatin Tablet. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as frequency of using Atorvastatin Tablet.
    • Should I consume Atorvastatin Tablet empty stomach, before food or after food? website users have most commonly reported consuming Atorvastatin Tablet after food. However, this may not be reflective of how you should consume this medicine. Please follow your doctor's advice on how you should use this medicine. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as timing of using Atorvastatin Tablet.
    • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?
      If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension or a headache as side-effects when using Atorvastatin Tablet medicine then it may not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes you drowsy, dizzy or lowers your blood-pressure extensively. Pharmacists also advise patients not to drink alcohol with medicines as alcohol intensifies drowsiness side-effects. Please check for these effects on your body when using Atorvastatin Tablet. Always consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body and health conditions.
    • Is this medicine or product addictive or habit forming?
      Most medicines don't come with a potential for addiction or abuse. Usually, government's categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Examples include schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US. Please consult the product package to make sure that the medicine does not belong to such special categorizations of medicines. Lastly, do not self-medicate and increase your body's dependence to medicines without the advice of a doctor.
    • Can it be stopped immediately or do I have to slowly ween off consumption?
      Some medicines need to be tapered or cannot be stopped immediately because of rebound effects. Please consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body, health and other medications that you may be using.

    Other important Information on Atorvastatin Tablet

    Missing a dose

    In case you miss a dose, use it as soon as you notice. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your dosing schedule. Do not use extra dose to make up for a missed dose. If you are regularly missing doses, consider setting an alarm or asking a family member to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss changes in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses, if you have missed too many doses recently.
    References: 20, 21, 22, 23

    Overdosage of Atorvastatin Tablet

    • Do not use more than prescribed dose. Taking more medication will not improve your symptoms; rather they may cause poisoning or serious side-effects. If you suspect that you or anyone else who may have overdosed of Atorvastatin Tablet, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital or nursing home. Bring a medicine box, container, or label with you to help doctors with necessary information.
    • Do not give your medicines to other people even if you know that they have the same condition or it seems that they may have similar conditions. This may lead to overdosage.
    • Please consult your physician or pharmacist or product package for more information.
    References: 24, 25, 26

    Storage of Atorvastatin Tablet

    • Store medicines at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze medicines unless required by package insert. Keep medicines away from children and pets.
    • Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into drainage unless instructed to do so. Medication discarded in this manner may contaminate the environment. Please consult your pharmacist or doctor for more details on how to safely discard Atorvastatin Tablet.
    References: 27, 28, 29, 30

    Expired Atorvastatin Tablet

    • Taking a single dose of expired Atorvastatin Tablet is unlikely to produce an adverse event. However, please discuss with your primary health provider or pharmacist for proper advice or if you feel unwell or sick. Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to use expired drug. If you have a chronic illness that requires taking medicine constantly such as heart condition, seizures, and life-threatening allergies, you are much safer keeping in touch with your primary health care provider so that you can have a fresh supply of unexpired medications.
    References: 31, 32

    Dosage Information

    Please consult your physician or pharmacist or refer to product package.

    Questions - Atorvastatin Tablet

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    Atorvastatin Tablet - Packages and Strengths

    Atorvastatin Tablet is available in the following packages and strengths
    Atorvastatin Tablet - Packages: 10 Tablet
    Atorvastatin Tablet - Strengths: 40MG, 5MG, 20MG, 10MG

    Atorvastatin Tablet - Manufacturers

    The medicine is manufactured by the following companies

    Atorvastatin Tablet - Demographic Information


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