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Medication To Reduce the Risk of Heart-Attack

Atorvastatinis a prescription drug. It is used among patients with high level ofcholesterol including patients with certain inherited cholesterol disorders. Itis also used to reduce the risk of heart attack among patients with high bloodpressure and who have at least three additional risk factors for heart diseaselike:

  • Having a type 2 diabetes
  • Family history of heartdisease
  • Abnormalities on the ECG
  • An enlarged heartventricles
  • Smoking
  • Being older than 55 yearsold

Atorvastatinbelongs to the group of drug known as a statin or HMG CoA reductase inhibitors orlipid metabolism regulators. It helps lower the bad cholesterol such as thetriglycerides and LDL or low-density lipoprotein while it raises the goodcholesterol in the blood. Cholesterols are fats in your body which can bedangerous to your health if they are too much.

Statins work by reducing the amount of bad cholesterol in the blood. It prevents the cholesterol from building up in the arteries and from clogging the arteries. Lowering the bad fats raises the good fats thus decreasing the risk of heart attack. Lowering the bad cholesterols also helps prevent stroke among patients with diabetes.

How to use Atorvastatin?

Therecommended dose for an adult is 10mg to 20mg once a day. Take this medicationat night with or without food. The maximum dose for an adult should not exceed80 mg a day. For children 10 to 17 years of age, their dose is 10 mg to 20 mgonce a day.

If youare taking other medications, take it one hour before or 4 hours after takingAtorvastatin. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice while using this drug. Take thisdrug regularly to get the most benefit from it. Continue taking this drug evenif you feel well.

What are the side effects of Atorvastatin?

Some ofthe side effects are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Joint pain
  • Confusion
  • Heartburn
  • A runny nose, coughing andsneezing
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Memory loss
  • Symptoms of high bloodsugar

Seriousside effects are:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Muscle damage withsymptoms like unexplained muscle pain, discolored urine and weakness

Important Information

  • This medication is notsuitable for pregnant women. It is not also advisable for patients with chronicliver disease to take this drug.
  • Statins like atorvastatincan cause serious muscle problems. Consult your doctor first before using thismedication.
  • It is important to takethis medication along with lifestyle change like having a proper diet,exercise, weight loss and by stopping smoking.

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