Atorvastatin - Drug Information

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Generic Name : Atorvastatin

Pronunciation : Attah-var-state-in

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

Trade Names/Brand Names : 

India : 

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International : 

Lipitor

Why it is prescribed : 

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 :

Animal and/or human studies have demonstrated fetal injury and potential risks outweigh the benefits of the drug in pregnancy. These drugs are found to be harmful when taken during pregnancy, and should not be used.

Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications): 

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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alvasu007 

My doctor prescribed me Atosat-20 one tab at bed time for an year as a part of medication to treat Parkinson Disorder.Suddenly he has increased it to 2/day ie 40mg pl let me know is it a preventive tab and if so for what PL educate me on side effects.Thanks

mahadeo5 

My Doctor prescribed me aztor 10 a day at 8.00 pm for correcting the triglycerides. This has caused me severe pain in the left leg just above ankle and sleeplessness.

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..

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

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.

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