Atorvastatin Drug is used to reduce the risk of MI or stroke in patients with type 2 diabetes. it works by slowing down the production of cholesterol in the body. It is most widely known for its action in reducing the levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), sometimes referred to as “bad” cholesterol, in the bloodstream.
Atorvastatin Drug also helps to increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL), sometimes referred to as “good” cholesterol, which is associated with a protective against atherosclerosis.
Atorvastatin is part of the drug class: HMG CoA reductase inhibitors most commonly known as (statins).
Atorvastatin Side Effects:
Atorvastatin can cause serious side effects. These side effects have happened only to a small number of people. These side effects usually go away if your dose is lowered or atorvastatin is stopped. These serious side effects include:
• CNS: headache, asthenia, insomnia
• GI: constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea
• Musculoskeletal: rhabdomyolysis, arthritis, arthralgia, myalgia
• Skin: rash
• Grapefruit juice may increase drug levels, increasing risk of adverse reactions. Discourage use together.
• Patient should follow a standard cholesterol-lowering diet before and during therapy.
• Before treatment, assess patient for underlying causes for hypercholesterolemia and obtain a baseline lipid profile. Obtain periodic liver function test results and lipid levels.
• Watch for signs of myositis.
• Don’t confuse Lipitor with Levatol.
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