Atorvastatin (Lipitor) Drug Uses & Side Effects

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


Nursing Considerations:

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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