Atorvastatin is a medication known as a statin, which is normally recommended to people who cannot control their cholesterol effectively with the help of diet and exercise alone. The aim of this medication is to lower a person's risk of life threatening complications by inhibiting the production of 'bad cholesterol' and enhancing 'good cholesterol' levels in the blood.
The main function of this drug is to influence the production of LDL, also known as ‘bad cholesterol,’ in the liver. It is able to do this by blocking liver enzymes that stimulate the production of LDL. In addition to this, statins are also known to be able to lower blood LDL levels by increasing the production of HDL, ‘good cholesterol’. General fats in the blood known as triglycerides can also be very harmful to your health and research has proven that taking statins also has an influence on these.
This medication should only be considered after you’ve attempted to improve your lifestyle and this did not produce the desired results. In these cases, particularly if you are at risk of serious complications, your doctor may choose to prescribe a treatment such as Atorvastatin alongside the appropriate lifestyle changes.
Most patients can use Atorvastatin safely, but it may not be prescribed to you if you have liver problems, a condition affecting your kidney health, you are allergic to the active ingredient in this medication or you are breastfeeding. Other medications may influence or be influenced by the presence of Atorvastatin in the body. These medications may include some types of antibiotics, medicines that influence your immune system or other treatments to moderate blood lipid levels.
It is usually taken once a day, ideally in the evening as this is when cholesterol synthesis is at its most active. The dosage can vary from 10mg, 20mg, and 40mg to 80mg. Which one you'll be prescribed will largely depend on what you require to monitor your blood lipid levels effectively, but you'll more than likely be started on the lowest dose, which may be increased if required within four weeks of commencing treatment.
It is strongly advised that you avoid taking Atorvastatin with large quantities of alcohol or grapefruit.
Side effects aren't a common occurrence, but they are a possibility, just like with any prescription medication. Luckily the most common side effects associated with this medication aren't likely to be serious. Mild symptoms include nausea, nasal congestion, headaches or dizziness.
More serious side effects such as allergic reactions, skin peeling, muscle pain or blistering can affect about one in every 10,000 patients. In these cases it's important to seek immediate medical help.
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