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Generic: atorvastatin
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It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood
               



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What is this medicine?

ATORVASTATIN (a TORE va sta tin) is known as a HMG- CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. This drug may also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other health problems in patients with risk factors for heart disease. Diet and lifestyle changes are often used with this drug.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • frequently drink alcoholic beverages
  • history of stroke, TIA
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • muscle aches or weakness
  • other medical condition
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to atorvastatin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 10 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • red yeast rice
  • telaprevir
  • telithromycin
  • voriconazole

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol
  • antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
  • boceprevir
  • certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, troleandomycin
  • certain medicines for cholesterol like fenofibrate or gemfibrozil
  • cimetidine
  • clarithromycin
  • colchicine
  • cyclosporine
  • digoxin
  • female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills
  • grapefruit juice
  • medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole
  • niacin
  • rifampin
  • spironolactone

               
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