Atorvastatin is a generic medication sometimes marketed under the brand name Lipitor. Atorvastatin belong to a class of medications known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and is a synthetic lipid-lowering drug. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides patients who need Atorvastatin prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.
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Atorvastatin is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors help block the synthesis of cholesterol by blocking the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme used in the biosynthesis of cholesterol. Along with triglycerides, cholesterol is incorporated into VLDL fractions which eventually lead to LDL complex formation. Elevated levels of certain forms of LDL are thought to be associated with increased atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk. Atorvastatin is very similar to Livalo, rosuvastatin and simvastatin in function and effect.
Atorvastatin – Side Effects
Atorvastatin can cause side effects when used. The use of atorvastatin medication can result in abnormal liver function, muscle problems such as rhabdomyolysis and myalgia, weakness, and myopathy. Atorvastatin use can also affect adrenal and gonadal steroid function, increase the risk of cancer, and cause central nervous system bleeding and lesions. Atorvastatin can also cause a wide range of other side effects infrequently and can also interfere with other medications when used concurrently. Atorvastatin should be used with caution in people with liver problems such as hepatic insufficiency. All questions regarding atorvastatin’s side effects should be directed to one’s medical provider and pharmacist.
Atorvastatin is a prescription medication. As a result, generic atorvastatin is not available over-the-counter (OTC). Atorvastatin is an affordable medication and the cost of an atorvastatin pill is usually under $1 per pill. Atorvastatin coupons may also be available for people who cannot afford to purchase the medication. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.
Atorvastatin calcium is a while to off-white crystalline powder. Atorvastatin, when sold as pills, appears as white, elliptical, film-coated tablets of atorvastatin calcium. Atorvastatin is frequently available in doses of 10mg, 20mg, 40mg and 80mg. Atorvastatin pills are generally taken daily with or without food. Lipid levels should be checked two to four weeks after starting treatment and the dosage is often adjusted based on the results.
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Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.