What is atorvastatin?

What is Atorvastatin?
What is Atorvastatin used for?
How does Atorvastatin work?
How do you take Atorvastatin?
Does atorvastatin interact with any other medications?
Is there anyone who should not take Atorvastatin?
What are the common side effects of Atorvastatin?
What are the serious side effects of Atorvastatin?

 

Hey guys,! my name is Dr. maria khan .

in today’s video  , we will  explain everything you need to know about Atorvastatin.

Especially, what does atorvastatin do to the body ?

hi , my name is Dr. mark Douglas , and I’m gonna answer the two most common questions I get about specific

side effects of atorvastatin at the end of this video ,

This is especially important if you are about to start the medication ,  or you’re already established on atorvastatin.

So let’s get started!

What is Atorvastatin?

it is a type of medication called an HMG-Coa reductase inhibitor,also known as “statins”.
Atorvastatin is used together with diet , to lower blood levels of “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL), to increase levels of “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL), and to lower triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood)

What is Atorvastatin used for?

We all know that we need fats or lipids in our diet , as it helps us to grow, it allows us to absorb important nutrients and vitamins in our diet , and it also gives us energy.

Cholesterol : is a type of lipid that is made in the liver from the fatty foods that we eat , If the cholesterol levels go up in your blood, you won’t necessarily feel ill, but it will cause problems later down the line , if it is left untreated.

Too much cholesterol can end up depositing in the arteries of the heart , and in the blood vessels of the brain, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

How do you take it?

Atorvastatin comes as a pill or a tablet in different dosages.

10, 20 and 40 milligram tablets.

Take it once daily , at any time of the day (morning or night); however, it is best to be consistent with the time you take your tablets.
The dosage of atorvastatin needs to be individualized , but initially should start at 10-20 mg per day , and be guided by the results of cholesterol tests taken 2 to 4 weeks later. Take atorvastatin exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the dosage without his or her advice.
Plan to do exercise regularly , and stop smoking if you smoke. Try to avoid second-hand smoke.

Please also remember to minimize the alcohol that you drink on Atorvastatin and to avoid drinking grapefruit juice, as this can cause serious side effects.

Does atorvastatin interact with any other medications?

Atorvastatin does interact with quite a few different medication classes and I’d always recommend to speak with your pharmacist, preferably, before starting a new medication. As they will go through with you the potential interactions that could happen with , Antibiotics, antifungal medications, birth control pills, heart medicines, other cholesterol medicines and drugs are used to treat HIV and AIDS.

Is there anyone who should not take Atorvastatin?

Atorvastatin is taken by millions of people all across the world , but there are still some groups of people that should not take this medication.
These people are: if you’re previously allergic to other statin medicines, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding ,This is because it can cause birth defects .
and also , if you have severe liver disease, and if you suffer from chronic muscle aches and pains I wouldn’t really recommend to start a statin, because it may make things worse.
people who have an underactive thyroid, if you have kidney problems or if you regularly drink large amounts of alcohol.

What are the common side effects?

There are six side effects that

you should know, that can potentially

happen with taking atorvastatin.

These happen in less than one out of ten

people and they are: muscle aches and pains.

Although this may not be anything

to be concerned about, you should tell

your doctor about it.

This is because there is a rare but

serious side effect of atorvastatin,

which is a severe form of muscle

inflammation called rhabdomyolysis.

Headache. Drink plenty of water and ask

your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller.

If the headaches continue,

let your doctor know.

Constipation. Try to eat a

well-balanced diet and drink plenty of

water each day.

Feeling sick, indigestion or flatulence.

Stick to simple meals, avoid rich or spicy food.

Diarrhea. Drink plenty of water to replace any lost fluids.

Nosebleeds cold-like symptoms or sneezing.

Speak with your doctor if any

of these become troublesome.

What are the serious side effects of Atorvastatin?

If you develop severe muscle aches or cramps particularly in your legs,

You also feel unwell with associated fever, please see your doctor straight away.

Also if you develop an unexplained cough , or shortness of breath after starting Atorvastatin – stop the medicine and see your doctor.

Rarely, atorvastatin can cause a condition called ,interstitial lung disease. Also if you develop any signs of allergies, so swelling around your mouth and neck and face, with an associated rash – please see your doctor straightaway.

Now let’s get into the nitty-gritty, I’m gonna answer the top two questions, that I get from almost every patient that I see, when I’m first starting them a statin or especially something like Atorvastatin.
The most common question I get is, are my muscle aches being caused by atorvastatin?

So the quickest way to answer this question is to stop the medication and to see what happens.

If it is caused by atorvastatin, you’ll know almost immediately, because the muscle aches will go away.

And when you restart the medication, they’ll restart back up again.

The patients that I’ve seen that are really intolerant to statins have a particular pattern that they present with. Usually, they get very very very severe pain in the big muscle groups. So in their legs and their back and their shoulders and they feel extremely tired with the medication. As soon as you stop it goes away.

Thankfully, there are a whole host of new medications that are coming out. And the drug companies are competing left, right and center to get them out to market on time. This new class of drugs that don’t seem to cause the same level of muscle aches are called PCSK9 inhibitors.

So I think if you are suffering from these conditions or you’re thinking about something else and you’ve got high cholesterol, I’d talk to your doctor about potentially trying a pcsk9 inhibitor to see if that works for you.

The second most common question i get is: can statins cause memory loss? Especially in the elderly population?

The short answer to this question is

The statin labels will also now reflect reports of certain cognitive effects such as memory loss and confusion experienced by some patients taking the drugs, the agency said. It said those reports generally have not been serious and the symptoms were reversed by stopping use of the statin.

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