Atorvastatin
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  • Atorvastatin

Atorvastatin

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Medication features

  • Helps reduce the amount of 'bad' cholesterol produced by the liver
  • Helps increase good cholesterol levels
  • Available in 10mg,20mg,40mg & 80mg Variations

NOTE: After requesting this medication, you will need to complete a short assessment, so our GP or Pharmacist can assess if the treatment is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.

Overview

Order Atorvastatin Cholesterol Tablets Online

Atorvastatin tablets can be ordered from our online doctor and pharmacy service which is registered in the UK. After you complete an online assessment, this will be reviewed by our UK registered doctors. If our doctors approve your order, our pharmacy team will dispense and dispatch the medication to your chosen address.

Please note, this service is only available to patients who have already been prescribed statins by their GP.

What is Atorvastatin?

Atorvastatin is a medicine used to lower cholesterol in people who have high cholesterol levels. It belongs to a group of medicines called statins

It can be used to prevent cardiovascular disease. It can help prevent heart attacks and strokes in people at risk, or in people who have had a previous heart attack or stroke. The brand name for atorvastatin is Lipitor. Atorvastatin is a prescription-only medicine.

How does it work?

High cholesterol is diagnosed by a blood test. A blood test can determine whether your levels are high and how much ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol you have.

Atorvastatin, like other statins, works by reducing blood cholesterol levels. Statins do this by blocking an enzyme in the body (called HMG CoA reductase) that is responsible for making cholesterol. Blocking this enzyme slows down the production of ‘bad’ cholesterol in the liver, reducing ‘bad’ cholesterol levels in the body. Because they inhibit this enzyme, statins like atorvastatin are known as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors. 

Dose 

Atorvastatin is available in several strengths:

  • 10 mg
  • 20 mg
  • 30 mg
  • 40 mg
  • 60 mg
  • 80 mg

The atorvastatin dosage your doctor prescribes depends on many factors that your doctor will consider. The usual dose is to take one tablet a day at the same time each day. 

Alternatives

There are several statins available on prescription:

  • Simvastatin (simvastatin 80 mg is roughly equivalent to atorvastatin 20 mg)
  • Rosuvastatin
  • Pravastatin
  • Fluvastatin

Statins are the most common prescription drugs used to lower cholesterol. Other medicines used to lower cholesterol include:

  • Ezetimibe
  • Fenofibrate
  • Bezafibrate

A newer type of treatment for lowering cholesterol is called a PCSK9 inhibitor which can be injected.

FAQ

What is atorvastatin?

Atorvastatin is a medicine used to lower cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol. It is a type of medicine known as a ‘statin’. It can be used to lower cholesterol and to prevent coronary heart disease.

What does atorvastatin do to the body?

Atorvastatin reduces cholesterol levels in the body. It does this by blocking an enzyme called HMG CoA reductase. This enzyme is responsible for the production of cholesterol. By blocking this enzyme, atorvastatin slows the production of cholesterol. This causes a reduction in blood cholesterol levels.

What are the most common side effects of atorvastatin?

Common atorvastatin side effects include:

  • Inflammation of the nasal passages and nose bleeds
  • Allergic reactions
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain and joint pain
  • Increase in blood sugar levels
  • Nausea and indigestion
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Abnormal liver function results in blood tests

A full list of the side effects of atorvastatin can be seen in the patient information leaflet.

Does atorvastatin cause weight gain?

The manufacturers of atorvastatin state weight gain as an uncommon side effect. This means that less than 1 in 100 people will have weight gain as a side effect of treatment. 

What foods to avoid while taking atorvastatin?

You should not drink excessive amounts of grapefruit juice while taking atorvastatin. This means generally no more than one or two small glasses a day. If you drink more than this, it can change the effects of atorvastatin.

Can I drink alcohol with statins?

You can drink alcohol with statins, however, drinking large amounts of alcohol while taking atorvastatin should be avoided. Try not to drink more than the recommended 14 units of alcohol a week.

When to take atorvastatin, morning or night?

Some statins are more effective if taken at night but this does not apply to atorvastatin. Atorvastatin can be taken at any time of day, as long as it is taken at the same time each day. 

Can I order atorvastatin online?

Atorvastatin (UK) can be prescribed online. Before prescribing any medication, our doctors have to assess the suitability of each patient. To do that you will need to complete a medical questionnaire which is assessed by our doctors. 

If approved by our doctors, they will issue a prescription to our pharmacy team. Our pharmacy team will then dispense the medicines and deliver it to your address.

Please note, this service is only available to patients who have already been prescribed statins by their GP.

Side Effects

Common atorvastatin side effects include:

  • Inflammation of the nasal passages and nose bleeds
  • Allergic reactions
  • Sore throat
  • Raised blood glucose levels (should be monitored closely in people with diabetes or at risk of type 2 diabetes)
  • Muscle pain and joint pain
  • Nausea and indigestion
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Headache
  • Abnormal liver function results in blood tests

A full list of the side effects of atorvastatin can be seen in the patient information leaflet.

If you get any unexplained muscle aches, weakness or pain while taking atorvastatin you should seek medical advice straight away.

Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.

Warnings

Other conditions and atorvastatin

Atorvastatin should not be used in the following circumstances:

  • If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
  • If you are of child-bearing age and not using reliable contraception
  • If you have abnormal liver function
  • If you are breastfeeding
  • If you currently have or have ever had a disease that affects the liver
  • If you are allergic to atorvastatin or any of the ingredients

There are a number of other circumstances in which atorvastatin may not be used, or should be used in caution. Examples of these are people with a history of muscle problems, kidney problems, liver disease and severe respiratory disease. The patient information leaflet contains further information.

Interactions with other medicines

There are a number of drug interactions with atorvastatin. We have listed some of these below:

  • Some antibiotics e.g clarithromycin, fusidic acid, erythromycin
  • Certain antifungals e.g fluconazole, ketoconazole
  • Some medicines used to treat Hepatitis C like telaprevir
  • Immunomodulators like ciclosporin
  • Certain blood pressure medicines like diltiazem and amlodipine
  • Certain heart rhythm medicines e.g verapamil, amiodarone
  • Certain anti-HIV medicines
  • Colchicine
  • Warfarin

The above is not a comprehensive list of interactions with other medicines. You should read the patient information leaflet or speak to your doctor or pharmacist for further information. 

Grapefruit juice and excessive alcohol intake should be avoided while taking atorvastatin as they can affect the way it works.

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