Atorvastatin 40mg Tablet
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Atorvastatin 40 mg effectively lowers the risk of heart attacks/stroke in patients who already have the risk of diabetes and have other health risks such as eye problems, kidney problems, smoking and high blood pressure. Atorvastatin is categorized under the specific class of drugs named HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, or statins. These work by lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol and increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good” cholesterol in your body. The medicine boosts your body’s capability of pushing out LDL cholesterol through your liver. Take the drug regularly to get the most benefit from it.
Medical usage of Atorvastatin 40 mg
Atorvastatin 40 MG is usually prescribed to bring down the risk of coronary attacks/stroke in patients with pre-existing risk of diabetes along with other health complications such as eye problems, kidney disease, smoking and high blood pressure. As mentioned above, Atorvastatin is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, or more commonly known as a statin; it decreases the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver. It reduces "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides while increases the “good'' cholesterol. Therefore, it decreases the risk of heart disease and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks. Atorvastatin is used to improve cholesterol levels in people with different types of cholesterol problems. It’s also used to decrease your risk of heart attacks/ strokes.
Suggestions for usage
Your doctor will always prescribe a dosage after analysing your medical condition, age, as well as your medical history, including the medications you consume alongside. Hence, it is best to follow your doctor’s advice. Atorvastatin works best in combination with a proper diet (such as a low cholesterol/low-fat diet). Other lifestyle changes like exercising, losing weight if overweight and smoking cessation makes your statin drug more effective. It may take up to four weeks before the full benefit appears, and it is essential to take this statin drug every day at about the same time.
Atorvastatin Tab 40 mg can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements, and this can lessen the effectiveness of the medicine. As a drug interaction modifies or alters the way a drug works, it can potentially be harmful or prevent the drug from inducing its action. So, inform your doctors of all the medications you are taking along with your statin drug. If you also use bile acid-binding resins like cholestyramine or colestipol or other drugs to lower cholesterol level, take this medicine at least an hour before or at least four hours afterwards. These products can interfere with Atorvastatin 40 mg, preventing its full absorption.
Side Effects of Atorvastatin Tab 40 mg
Atorvastatin can cause a severe allergic reaction in the form of swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; trouble while breathing and choking while difficulty swallowing. Never take this drug if you are allergic to it as it can be fatal. Also keep away from drinking grapefruit juice as it builds up of Atorvastatin in your blood, causing muscle breakdown. Alcoholic drinks enhance the risk of liver disease while receiving the statin drug.