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Frequently Asked Questions
Atorvastatin tablets belong to a group of medicines known as statins, which are lipid (fat) regulating medicines. Atorvastatin tablets are used to lower lipids known as cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and therefore lower cholesterol. It is intended for use in people who struggle to lower their cholesterol with diet and exercise alone.
If you are at an increased risk of heart disease, Atorvastatin tablets can also be used to reduce such risk, even if your cholesterol levels are normal. You should maintain a standard cholesterol lowering diet during treatment.
Cholesterol plays an important role in how our bodies function, and we all require a certain amount of good cholesterol. It is made naturally in our liver but is also found in some foods such as milk, cheese, butter and processed meats. Too much Cholesterol can lead to clogged arteries which can cause heart disease, which is the largest cause of death in the UK. Triggers of high Cholesterol include:
- A diet high in saturated fats
- Suffering with diabetes
- A family history of high cholesterol or heart disease
- Lack of exercise
High Cholesterol levels can cause many further health complications, so is best lowered and managed. Atorvastatin tablets are a good way for many people to do this in combination with lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and exercise. It is available to order from e-Surgery in 10mg, 20mg, 40mg and 80mg. You dosage will depend on what your doctor or pharmacist has prescribed. The usual starting dose for Atorvastatin tablets is 10mg but will vary depending on you requirements. Remember Atorvastatin tablets will will be most effective if taken with a healthy diet and exercise.
Atovastatin tablets are available from your GP, your local pharmacy or an online pharmacy such as e-Surgery. When buying medication online remember to buy from a secure, reputable source.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in the human body, and despite common misconceptions Cholesterol is good for us in the right context. High cholesterol is when you have too much, which increases the risk of this fatty substance blocking blood vessels. This increases the chance of heart problems and stroke, though high cholesterol itself does not have ‘symptoms’ as such it can lead to other serious health issues. That is why medication such as Atorvastatin tablets can be incredibly beneficial at preventing heart disease in those who could be prone to it.
Atorvastatin tablets should be taken with water once a day with or without a meal unless advised otherwise. Take your Atorvastatin tablet at about the same time each day in order to help you remember to take the scheduled dose.
You may be started at a lower dose of Atorvastatin tablets and gradually increase the dose as you get used to the medication. The increase of the dose should not be done more than once every 2 or 4 weeks. Continue taking Atorvastatin tablets even if you feel well. Do not stop taking it without consulting your doctor.
If you miss taking an Atorvastatin tablet, take it as soon as you remember, or skip one dose until your next one. Do not take two Atorvastatin tablets at the same time.
If your Atorvastatin tablets are too strong or too weak, speak to your Doctor or prescriber. Atorvastatin tablets are available in 10mg, 20mg, 40mg and 80mg.
For more detail about the side effects of Atorvastatin tablets read the Atorvastatin tablet patient information leaflet. The minor side effects of Atorvastatin tablets include the following:
- A headacheSome other commonly reported side effects of Atorvastatin tablets include:
- Joint pain
- Common cold
- Pain in the extremities
Urinary tract infection
Atorvastatin tablets can cause liver problems, though this is not common. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms go to a Doctor immediately:
- Serious illness with blistering of the skin
- Muscle weakness and pain
- A tight chest or breathlessness
- An unusual rash
- Unusual bleeding or bruisingRemember to check the Atorvastatin tablet patient information leaflet before taking this medication.
Do not drink more than one or two small glasses of grapefruit juice per day because large quantities of grapefruit juice can change the effects of Atorvastatin tablets.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol while taking Atorvastatin tablets. Inform your doctor if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily. If you are over 65 years of age or older, if you have or have had liver disease, and if you have or have had ever muscle aches or weakness, diabetes, low blood pressure, seizures, thyroid or kidney disease.
Tell your Doctor or Pharmacist if you are taking any other medication before starting Atorvastatin tablets. Some medication can make Atorvastatin tablets less effective and vise versa, and could possibly increase the risk of side effects. Inform your Doctor or prescriber if you are taking any of the medications below:
- Medicines used to alter the way your immune system works, e.g. ciclosporin
- Certain antibiotics or antifungal medicines
- Other medicines to regulate lipid levels, e.g. gemfibrozil, other fibrates, colestipol
- Some calcium channel blockers used for angina or high blood pressure, e.g. amlodipine
- Other medicines known to interact with Atorvastatin tablets include ezetimibe, warfarin oral, contraceptives, stiripentol, cimetidine, phenazone, colchicine, and antacids
- Medicines obtained without a prescription: St John’s Wort.
- Oral fusidic acid to treat a bacterial infection
Do not take Atorvastatin tablets if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. If you are able to get pregnant it is recommended to use some form of contraception to avoid pregnancy when taking Atorvastatin tablets. The safety of taking Atorvastatin tablets when breast feeding is not currently known so is not recommended. Speak to your Doctor or prescriber before using this medication if you are breast feeding, pregnant, could be pregnant or are planning to get pregnant.
You would have to consult a Doctor before taking Atorvastatin tablets if:
- have severe respiratory failure
- are taking or have taken in the last 7 days amedicine called fusidic acid, (a medicine for bacterial infection) orally or by injection
- have had a previous stroke with bleeding into the brain
- have kidney problems
- have an under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
- have had repeated or unexplained muscle aches or pains, a personal history or family history of muscle problems
- have had previous muscular problems during treatment with other lipid-lowering medicines (e.g. other -statin or -fibrate medicines)
- regularly drink a large amount of alcohol
- have a history of liver disease
- are older than 70 years
High cholesterol can lead to problems such as heart disease and stroke. These can both be deadly. If used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise Atorvastatin tablets can help to reduce this risk and lower cholesterol. They can easily be purchased from an online pharmacy such as e-Surgery.
Both Atovastatin tablets and Simvastatin tablets are both ‘Statins’, which are medications used to help lower cholesterol. They work in very similar ways by helping reduce the build up of cholesterol in blood vessels that can lead to heart disease or stroke. They should both be used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise to get the best result.
Although similar there are some small differences. Atorvastatin tablets are slightly stronger in dose, but this will ofcourse depend on what you have been prescribed. For generic versions of both Atorvastatin tablets and Simvastatin there is a small price difference.
If you find that one or the other is less effective or not working talk to your Doctor or prescriber to find the right solution for you. You can also use our free ask a pharmacist service for more advice about Atorvastatin tablets.
Do not use Atorvastatin tablets after the expiry date on the packaging. Always follow the Atorvastatin tablet patient information leaflet, and story Atorvastatin tablets in a cool, dry place.
Yes, you can legally order Atorvastatin tablets from registered online prescribers such as e-Surgery.
Whenever you are buying Atorvastatin or any other medication, make sure you check for the green GPhC and MHRA logo on the bottom of each page of the website you are using.
You can learn more about this medication in the Atorvastatin tablet patient information leaflet which contains more useful information.
You can also use our completely free Ask-a-Pharmacist service to get health advice from a trained professional. We’re here to help!
Atorvastatin tablets start at £7.95 when buying online from e-Surgery. This includes the cost of a private prescription.
e-Surgery uses Royal Mail delivery with choices starting from Royal Mail 48 tracked delivery, Royal Mail tracked 24 and Royal Mail 1pm special delivery (discover more about e-Surgery delivery). Your Atorvastatin tablets will arrive in discreet, recyclable packaging at a delivery address of your choice. Find out to recycle packaging from e-Surgery.
The Atorvastatin pack contains a patient information leaflet and a blister pack containing either 28, 56 or 84 Atorvastatin tablets. These are in either 10mg, 20mg, 40mg or 80mg dosage and can be bought online at e-Surgery.
Atorvastatin tablets come in blister packs that are not currently recyclable, so once they have been used can be disposed of in a general waste bin. If the Atorvastatin tablets are unfinished dispose of medication safely and drop them off at a local pharmacy. Cardboard packaging and paper patient information leaflets are recyclable. For any more information on disposal of Atorvastatin tablets you can use our free Ask-a-Pharmacist service.
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