Atorvastatin 20 mg
This is the bestselling anti-obesity medication. It helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels thus decreasing the risk of heart diseases in people and aids in weight loss if combined with low-calorie diet and physical exercises.
Atorvastatin 10 mg
It is a synthetic lipid lowering substance used as an additive solution in complex programs for weight reduction. Taken together with low-calorie meals and regular physical exercising contributes to weight loss.
Atorvastatin 40 mg
The medicine is used in antiobesity therapy and in prevention of cardiovascular diseases. This potent lipid-lowering agent shows better results when is used in conjunction with other strategies such as meal plan poor in fats and adequate physical activity.
What is Lipitor?
Lipitor is a lipid-lowering medication, which belongs to the class of statins, used for decholesterolization. Its main ingredient is atorvastatin, an inhibitor of hydroxymethylglutaryl coenzyme a reductase, which interferes in cholesterol biosynthesis. The agent stabilizes plaque and prevents cerebral accidents due to its anti-inflammatory and other activities. The drug was first synthesized in 1985 and is marketed by Pfizer.
When is Lipitor indicated?
Lipitor is indicated for dyslipidemia treatment and cardiovascular disease prevention. It is usually prescribed concurrently with a low-fat diet and physical exercise to reduce bad cholesterol LDL and APOB, and to raise good cholesterol HDL. The drug is also applied to treat high triglycerides in people with hypertriglyceridemia. It can be prescribed to geriatric patients and people with genetic predisposition to heart diseases for cholesterol-related disease risk mitigation.
How to take Lipitor?
Lipitor should be taken once daily preferably at regular hours. The usual starting dose is 10-20 mg, which can be raised to 80 mg if needed. The maintenance dose should be adjusted proceeding from the goal of therapy, patient's age and individual response to therapy. The drug comes in tablets with 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg and 80 mg of atorvastatin calcium strengths. The tablets may be taken regardless to meals and should be washed down with plenty of water.
When is Lipitor contraindicated?
Lipitor is contraindicated to patients with chronic active liver diseases, such as hepatitis, cholestasis, jaundice or hepatic encephalopathy. It shouldn't be used by pregnant and breastfeeding women and patients with AST and ALT elevated levels of unknown etiology. Vitamin D lowers the active metabolite and drug concentrations. Grapefruit juice increases plasma drug concentration, which may lead to muscle disease development or overdose toxicity. Concurrent administration of the drug with cyclosporine or fibric acid derivatives may develop the risk of myopathy and rhabdomyolysis.
What are Lipitor adverse reactions?
Lipitor adverse reactions may include headache, muscle pain, joint pain, abdominal pain, diarrhea and rash. The drug may also cause insomnia, dizziness, urinary infections, rhinitis, sinusitis pharyngitis and flu-like symptoms. The most serious, though very rare adverse reactions of the drug are rhabdomyolysis and myopathy.