Brand Names: Lipitor, Caduet

Overview: A group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors
It works by reducing levels of harmful cholesterols (such as low-density lipoprotein or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing beneficial cholesterol (such as high density lipoprotein or HDL)

Side effects: Can cause headaches, hoarseness, lower back pain, painful urination, stuffy nose, coughing, difficulty with swallowing, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, fever, hives, itching, muscle cramps, puffiness around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue, skin rash, tightness in chest, unusual tiredness or weakness, wheezing.

Pregnancy: You should not take atorvastatin if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Doses of 20, 100, or 225 mg/kg/day of atorvastatin from day 7 through day 21 of weaning resulted in decreased pup survival, developmental delays, and pinnae detachment and eye problems. Atorvastatin has been assigned to pregnancy category X by the FDA. Its use is considered contraindicated in pregnancy.

Intake: The initial adult dosage for prevention of cardiovascular disease is 10mg to 80 mg orally once a day. The initial adult dosage for hyperlipidemia is 10, 20 or 40 mg orally once a day. Consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Missed dose/Overdose: Cholesterol levels should be monitored periodically and dosage should be reduced if cholesterol levels fall significantly below the targeted range. Atorvastatin may be taken without regard to meals.

Avoid: Drinking alcohol, breastfeeding.

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