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Atorvastatin - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

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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

India : 


International : 


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
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alvasu007, India

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, India

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, India

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, Australia

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, India

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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