Information about Atorvastatin
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, warnings and its storage instructions . 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 of Atorvastatin
Why is Atorvastatin Prescribed? (Indications)
This medication is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, also known as "statin”, prescribed for hyperlipidemia.
When should Atorvastatin not be taken? (Contraindications)
Contraindicated in patients with severe liver problems, who are taking HIV protease inhibitors, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and hypersensitivity.
What is the dosage of Atorvastatin?
Adult PO- Initial- The recommended dose is 10 mg daily. Maximum: 80 mg/day.
How should Atorvastatin be taken?
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.
What are the warnings and precautions for Atorvastatin?
• 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.
What are the side effects of Atorvastatin?
• 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).
What are the other precautions for Atorvastatin?
Avoid excess dosage.
What are the storage conditions for Atorvastatin?
Store it at room temperature (25°C).
Last Updated : Mar 2018