Atorlip (Atorvastatin Calcium) 5 mg is a cholesterol-lowering drug that reduces triglycerides and cholesterol in the body. It is used to treat patients with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia). Atorlip lowers total cholesterol levels and at the same time reduces LDL (low-density lipoprotein) also known as bad cholesterol. In addition, Atorlip increases good cholesterol HDL (high-density lipoprotein) to balance cholesterol levels. HDL unblocks clogged or hardened arteries caused by LDL to reduce the risk of heart disease.
How to use Atorlip
This medicine should be administered by a doctor for treatment of hypercholesterolemia. It can also be prescribed for hypertriglyceridemia, mixed dyslipidemia, homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia and for prevention of heart diseases. The drug is taken orally, and adults are usually prescribed to take between 10 mg to 80 mg in a day. Pediatrics, on the other hand, should take only 10 mg per day with the possibility of increasing it to 20 mg once per day. Patients with high LDL levels can start at 40 mg per day. You should take two 5mg tablets once per day or as recommended by the doctor.
As for the dosage, the doctor will prescribe a certain intake depending on your condition. Patients with hypercholesterolemia, for instance, should take a larger dose than those who simply need to prevent heart disease. The dosage should be followed to the end, e.g., until all tablets are taken. If you miss a dose, take it immediately you remember and continue with the regular dosage. Do not overdose to cover up for a missed dose.
Atorlip Side Effects
Common side effects of Atorlip (Atorvastatin Calcium) 5 mg include vertigo, flatulence and indigestion, sore joints, loose stool and mild muscle pain. Other side effects that can be experienced are jaundice, insomnia, fever, hives, skin rash and itchiness, anemia and fatigue. Consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.
Atorlip (Atorvastatin Calcium) 5 mg has negative interactions with other drugs including macrolide antibiotics; erythromycin, clarithromycin, HIV protease inhibitors along with itraconazole, ritonavir, and ketoconazole. It can also interact with other cholesterol-lowering medication like diltiazem and verapamil (for high blood pressure), cyclosporine and gemfibrozil (for suppressing the immune system), amiodarone and warfarin. Digoxin, the drug used for heart failure should also not be used alongside Atorlip. If you have an allergy to Atorlip or its inactive ingredients, inform your doctor before you start medication. Also, pregnant and breastfeeding women along with people with the active liver disease should not use Atorlip. Consult your doctor if you are using any of these drugs or have any of the highlighted conditions.