Atormac 5 MG Tablet 10
Atorvastatin uses include regulation of the fat levels in the body when the diet and lifestyle changes are not effective. It lowers the cholesterol levels and is useful for patients with a high risk of heart diseases.
Mode of drug action :
Atorvastatin acts by inhibiting an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase which is involved in the synthesis of cholesterol in the liver. It also increases the breakdown of the cholesterol by enhancing its uptake by the liver cells.
What are the common side effects?
The most commonly experienced atorvastatin side effects are diarrhea, nausea, indigestion, pain in the extremities, urinary tract infections, inflammation of the nasal passages, pain in the throat, nose bleed, joint pain, muscle pain and back pain, liver function abnormalities, and sleep disorders. The atorvastatin side effects, depression, pancreatitis, anaphylactic reactions, fatigue, etc. may occur at a lower frequency.
Pregnancy: Unsafe Breast feeding: Unsafe Alcohol: Unsafe Kidney dysfunction: Caution required Liver dysfunction: Caution required
Special precautions for safe use
• Atormac is not recommended for people with liver diseases, history of stroke, women of childbearing age, pregnant and nursing women, history of hypersensitivity to the drug or history of muscle problems with the drug.
• Elderly patients who are above 65 years; and patients with uncontrolled hypothyroidism and kidney failure should use the drug with caution due to the risk of muscle disorders.
• Cautious use is recommended for people with Lou Gehrig's disease (a motor neuron disease) due to an increased risk of functional decline. Do not use Atormac with the antifungal drug (posaconazole), due to the increased risk of certain muscle disorders.
• The drug should be used with caution while co-administering with certain antiviral agents. Additional monitoring is required in the patients with respiratory failure, high blood pressure and high level of sugars in the blood and those who are overweight.
• Do not drink excess alcohol (more than 2 glasses per day) while taking the medicine Atormac.
What else should I know?
1. Is breast enlargement in men a side effect of atorvastatin? Breast enlargement in men also called, gynecomastia is a very rare side effect of atorvastatin.
2. Can I use atorvastatin for coronary heart disease prevention? Atorvastatin is a treatment to lower bad cholesterol. Therefore, you can use this medicine for heart disease prevention only with a doctor’s advice.
3. Can atorvastatin reduce my risk of heart attack? Yes. Atorvastatin is routinely prescribed as a part of treatment to reduce heart attack risk.
4. What is the initial atorvastatin dose for children aged above 10 years? The starting dose of atorvastatin for children above 10 years is usually 10 mg, once daily. However, the dosage of the drug depends on the severity of the condition which is decided by the physician.
5. What is the maximum dose in the safe use of atorvastatin in children? The maximum safe dose of atorvastatin used for children is usually 20 mg per day.