Atorsave D 80 MG Tablet 10
Atorvastatin 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. Vitamin D3 Vitamin D3 is indicated for the treatment of vitamin D deficiency, bone disorders such as rickets, osteoporosis, osteomalacia, treatment of hypoparathyroidism, and other conditions where vitamin D3 is deficient which include celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and liver problems.
Mode of drug action :
Atorvastatin 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. Vitamin D3 Vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol is a steroid hormone that regulates calcium and phosphorus absorption, bone mineralization, and vitamin A assimilation. In the body, vitamin D3 is converted into its active form calcitriol. Calcitriol acts by increasing the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, bone resorption, and renal tubular reabsorption of calcium. It also promotes intestinal absorption of calcium. Thus, calcitriol increases the levels of serum calcium.
What are the common side effects?
Atorvastatin 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. Vitamin D3 The cholecalciferol or Vitamin D3 side effects include loss of appetite, increased urination, increased thirst, mental/mood changes, muscle weakness, constipation, and unusual tiredness.
Pregnancy: Unsafe Alcohol: Unsafe Kidney dysfunction: Caution required Liver dysfunction: Caution required
Special precautions for safe use
• Atorsave D medicine 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 Atorsave D 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 Atorsave D.
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. Vitamin D3
1. Is it safe to use Vitamin D3 during pregnancy? If the benefits outweigh the potential risks, vitamin D3 can be used in pregnancy. Before taking the drug, you must consult your doctor.
2. Is it safe to drive while on vitamin D3 medication? If you experience dizziness, or headache as the side effect of the drug, it may not be safe to drive. So, check how you react to the drug before driving.
3. Can I stop taking the drug immediately or do I need to taper it? Certain medications require tapering of the dose or frequency and may cause rebound effects if stopped immediately. You must seek the medical advice before stopping the medication.
4. Can cholecalciferol be used for the treatment of osteoporosis and rickets? Yes. Cholecalciferol is considered as best vitamin D3 supplement for treating the bone disorders such as osteoporosis and rickets. Do not use the drug without consulting your physician.
5. What are the signs and symptoms of overdose with cholecalciferol? The signs and symptoms of vitamin D3 overdose are weakness, metallic taste in your mouth, nausea, frequent urination, and vomiting. Seek medical care if you experience any of the above symptoms.