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Antilipemic Agent (HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor)|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to atorvastatin or any other part of the
- If you have active liver disease or unexplained increases in liver
- If you are pregnant.
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used to lower lipids (cholesterol and others) in the
body. It works hand-in-hand with a low fat diet.
- It may also be used to increase the good, protective type of
cholesterol called HDL.
|How does it work?|
- Atorvastatin reduces cholesterol production in the
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an
- Take at a similar time every day.
- Follow diet plan. Ask to see a nutritionist about diet.
- Do not take colestipol or cholestyramine within 4 hours of this
- Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix
well with other medicines especially with certain antibiotics, protease
inhibitors used in AIDS, and other cholesterol-lowering medicines.
- Use caution if you have liver disease. Talk with healthcare provider.
- You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid lots of sun. Use sunscreen;
wear protective clothing and eyewear.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Do not use in pregnancy and do not get pregnant. Use birth control
that you can trust while taking this medicine.
- Do not use if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.
- Belly pain and cramps.
|What should I monitor?|
- Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare
- Check blood tests (liver function). Talk with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Unexplained muscle pain, back pain, tenderness, or weakness.
- Yellowing of eyes or skin, easy bruising or
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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