What is Atorvastatin?
Atorvastatin is a generic medication that is available on prescription to help lower cholesterol in people who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol. High cholesterol is a dangerous condition because it can lead to heart disease and atherosclerosis.
Atorvastatin belongs to a group of medications known as statins, which can reduce cholesterol levels by preventing the HMG-CoA reductase enzyme from producing too much "bad" cholesterol. As these harmful levels are reduced, the "good" cholesterol is then able to function more effectively. The risks associated with high cholesterol are then therefore reduced.
How do Atorvastatin tablets work?
Atorvastatin is a type of statin. Statins are medications that are used to reduce cholesterol levels. They achieve this by inhibiting the function of an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase, which is important in the production of cholesterol by the liver.
Cholesterol is commonly divided into either "good" cholesterol (high density lipoprotein - HDL) or "bad" cholesterol (low density lipoprotein - LDL). This distinction is important because it is the "bad" cholesterol that is being referred to when people talk of "high cholesterol". When the production of "bad" cholesterol is reduced, it allows the "good" cholesterol to work more effectively, lowering the risk of potentially hazardous cardiovascular complications.
What are the benefits of Atorvastatin?
Atorvastatin has been proven through clinical trials to be able to significantly reduce cholesterol levels in patients, and in turn significantly reduce the risk of the patient experiencing cardiovascular complications such as a heart attack or stroke that would otherwise have been brought about by their elevated cholesterol level. Treating cholesterol is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and taking a statin medication is a great way to assist you alongside diet and exercise.
How do I take Atorvastatin tablets?
You will be required to swallow one Atorvastatin tablet each day. It's important to keep taking it on a long-term basis, because if you don't then your body will start to produce cholesterol in quantities large enough to make your levels rise.
Statins like Atorvastatin will produce the best results if they make up part of a generally healthy lifestyle with the aim of lowering cholesterol. This means you should be following a healthy diet and making sure you exercise regularly.
The tablets should be swallowed whole with the help of a glass of water.
What dosages are available with Atorvastatin tablets?
You can get your Atorvastatin pills in 10mg, 20mg and 40mg and 80mg dosages. These quantities will be prescribed to you depending on your personal details and medical history.
The first time you are prescribed Atorvastatin it will most likely be in the 10mg dose. Depending on how your body responds to the medication, you may find that your dosage is increased, up to a maximum of 80mg. This decision can only be made be a doctor, and you should never increase your dosage without your doctor's consent.
All the dosages available with this drug have been formulated by the manufacturer to maintain efficacy whilst simultaneously reducing potential side effects.
Are there any side effects when taking Atorvastatin tablets?
Side effects are not considered common with this medication, or statins in general, but it is always important to be aware that they could occur. The more commonly reported side effects that you may experience are temporary ones such as:
- Nose bleeds
- Back pain
Less likely side effects include:
- Hair loss
- Appetite changes
Some very rare side effects may include breast enlargement in males, liver failure. Some people have also reported sexual dysfunction and depression after using statins. If you are worried about any effect you experience while taking this medication you should seek medical advice from a health professional.
What are the precautions and interactions of Atorvastatin?
The majority of patients will be able to take Atorvastatin safely, but as it is a prescription medication there are some contraindications that you should bear in mind before attempting to buy Atorvastatin.
- Certain medical may prevent use of this treatment such as kidney or thyroid problems
- Atorvastatin may react badly with other medication such as fluconazole, niacin supplements and nelfinavir as they can increase the strength of atorvastatin in the body, thereby increasing the risk of side effects. with statins.
- We can only offer this medication to patients who have already been diagnosed with high cholesterol and have been recommended Atorvastatin as a course of treatment.
- Statins can react negatively to grapefruit, so it is important to avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit while taking Atorvastatin.
- Any woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding should not use this medicine.
For further information about the potential side effects, as well as the precautions and interactions of Atorvastatin oral tablets, please refer to the helpful patient leaflet, which is included alongside your medication. It is also available for download towards the bottom of this page. If you think you may have high cholesterol but are not certain, we strongly recommend that you speak to your doctor.
How can I buy Atorvastatin online safely?
You can purchase Atorvastatin online from HealthExpress. We offer patients a very simple way to buy medication online safely and securely. If you would like to buy Atorvastatin online you can do so today, by filling out a brief online consultation, which will be reviewed by a UK registered doctor. If approved, you can then place your order, after which a prescription will be issued and sent to our pharmacy, where it will be filled. Your medication will then be sent directly to you via our express delivery service. If ordered before 4pm, you will receive your Atorvastatin tablets the very next day, or the same day for London postcodes.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our helpful patient support team.