Atorvastatin 10 MG Side Effects

by | Aug 3, 2019 | High Blood Pressure | 0 comments

Atorvastatin is a statin drug that decreases the production of cholesterol in the liver and helps eliminate excess cholesterol from the blood vessels. It is an effective statin therapy when it comes to lowering cholesterol levels in the blood.

What are the uses of Atorvastatin?

Atorvastatin is used for the treatment of elevated total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and triglycerides in the blood. LDL is believed to be the bad cholesterol that is responsible for the development of coronary artery disease (CAD). Reducing the levels of LDL in the blood leads to progression and may even reverse CAD. Atorvastatin is also known to raise the concentrations of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), that protects against the CAD and helps to reduce triglycerides levels, another type of fat in the blood. High levels of triglycerides have also been associated with CAD. Atorvastatin is effective at reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and angina in adults with a high of hypertension and CAD.

What are the side effects of Atorvastatin?

Atorvastatin is considered beneficial in lowering cholesterol and protecting against heart attack and stroke, although it may lead to side effects in some people. Health care specialist prescribes this statin therapy to people with high blood cholesterol. The medicine lowers their total cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke. Even when Atorvastatin is considered safe and effective for most people, it has been linked to digestive problems, and muscle pain in some people who it regularly to lower their blood cholesterol.

Having too much cholesterol in your blood increases the risk of severe heart problems like heart attack and stroke. Atorvastatin works by blocking a certain substance that is required by your liver to make cholesterol. This results in the elimination of cholesterol from the bloodstream. If you begin to experience some unwanted effects associated with the use of statin therapy, don’t just discontinue the treatment. Talk to your health care specialist to see if dose adjustments can make a difference and improve your side effects.

Below is the list of Statin Side Effects:

1. Muscle Pain and Damage

One of the most commonly reported side effects of Atorvastatin is muscle pain. You may feel soreness, tiredness, or weakness in your muscles. Muscle pain can range from mild to severe enough that can interfere with your daily activities. Very rarely, this cholesterol-lowering drug may lead to life-threatening muscle damage. The condition is often called rhabdomyolysis and can cause severe muscle pain, kidney failure, liver damage, and death. The risk of severe side effects is extremely low and reported in a very few people who took this statin drugs, studies suggest.

2. Liver Damage

Occasionally Atorvastatin could cause increased levels of certain enzymes that could lead to liver inflammation. If the elevation, you can continue the treatment. Rarely the level is severely high and, in such cases, different statin can do the trick. Although liver problems are rare, your health care specialist may prescribe a liver enzyme test after you begin taking your cholesterol-lowering drug. Contact your health care specialist if you develop any unusual symptoms such as coloured urine, pain in your upper abdomen, loss of appetite, fatigue, or yellowing of the skin.

3. Increased Blood Sugar

There are possibilities of getting high blood sugar levels while taking a statin drug, which may lead to type 2 diabetes. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is more in people who already have high blood sugar levels than normal when they begin taking a statin. Talk to your health care specialist if you have concerns.

4. Neurological Side Effects

In clinical studies, some people have developed memory loss or confusing during the treatment. However, the side effects can be reversed after stopping the medicine. It is wise to talk to a health care specialist if you experience memory loss or confusion while taking the medication.

Who is at great risk of developing Atorvastatin side effects?

Not everyone who is on statin therapy will have side effects, but some people are at high risk than others. Risk factors for the side effects include:

  1. Being an elderly candidate for statin therapy say age 80 or older
  2. Being a female
  3. Excessive alcohol consumption
  4. having kidney or liver disease
  5. taking multiple medications to gain control over blood cholesterol
  6. having health issues such as neuromuscular disorders, hypothyroidism.
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