Atorvastatin - Drug Information

Generic Name : Atorvastatin | Pronunciation : Attah-var-state-in

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Latest prescription information about Atorvastatin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Antilipemics
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Trade Name(s): 
India :  More...

International : Lipitor

Why it is prescribed (Indications) : 
This medication is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, also known as "statin”, prescribed for hyperglycemia.  

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): 
Contraindicated in patients with severe liver problems, who are taking HIV protease inhibitors, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category :

A B C D X

Category X : Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.


Dosage & When it is to be taken : 
Adult PO- Initial- The recommended dose is 10 mg daily. Maximum: 80 mg/day.

How it should be taken : 
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

Warnings and Precautions :  Caution should be exercised in patients with history of low blood pressure, serious infection, seizures, electrolyte problems, liver problems, alcohol abuse, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Follow the diet and exercise program as directed by your physician.
Monitor blood cholesterol level and liver functions regularly while taking this medication.

Side Effects :  Most Common - Nose inflammation, joint pain, diarrhea, pain in extremity, urinary tract infection, indigestion, nausea, muscle and bone pain, muscle spasms, sleeplessness and throat pain.
Body as a whole - Uneasiness and fever.
Gastrointestinal - Abdominal discomfort, eructation, flatulence, liver inflammation and bile obstruction.
Musculoskeletal - Muscle fatigue, neck pain and joint swelling.
Metabolic - Increase in liver enzymes level, abnormal liver function tests and increased sugar level.
Central Nervous system - Dizziness, depression, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy and abnormal dreams.
Respiratory - Nose bleed.
Skin - Hives.
Eye and ENT - Blurred vision and ringing in the ear.
Genitourinary - Urinary tract infection.
Musculoskeletal- Immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy (IMNM).

Other Precautions :  Avoid excess dosage.

Storage Conditions : Store it at room temperature (25°C). ♦ Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA

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Shrijaya
Today at night my dad by mistake took 2 tablets of atorlip 10 mg each instead of 1..is der any side effect...reply awaited..
Shrijaya  Monday, November 04, 2013
Joe54
Dear Expert, I have been advised by my Doctor in Australia to take ( LIPITOR-20)but its not available here but the chemist suggested to take Atorvastatin which does the same cure as LIPITOR-20, could you please confirm to me. Thanks you in anticipation,
Yours truly,
J Menezes
Joe54  Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Gopel
I am prescribed with the medicines along with AVAS 10 mg per day. This I am taking for the past 3 yrs. The other medicines are Stablon,Mirtaz 7.5mg,Prothiaden 25mg,Clopilet A 75 mg. These medicines were prescribed due to psychic problem arised 3 years back.As costs of these medicines costs me dearly,any discontinuation is possible., as I do not find any changes in my day to day behaviour.
Gopel  Wednesday, February 06, 2013
lenaa
I have been a script for Ezitrol oral 10mg to help with my high cholestrol. I have not started taking it yet as I am concerned about side affects although my doctor shows no concern. What affect could be expected and is there a risk to taking this
lenaa  Wednesday, December 12, 2012
tapan50
Yesterday evening i took two tablets instead of one tablet of 10mg prescribed by the doctor in advartently as a result i could not sleep well ans abnormal dream was found every time during my sleep. Is it the effect of medicine?I am using this medicine for the last two yrs although i am a diabetic patient for more than 35 yrs and insulin dependant for the last 13 yrs,no health problem as such save and except diabetic.

tapan50  Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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