- Atorvastatin Calcium
Atorvastatin Calcium 20mg
Brand Name: Lipitor®
Atorvastatin is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Atorvastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).
Atorvastatin is used to treat high cholesterol, and to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications in people with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors.
Atorvastatin is used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old.
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Other Known Brand Names for Lipitor
- Arpitor (RPG Life Sciences Ltd.)
- Asat (Sain Medicaments Pvt. Ltd.)
- Astin (Micro Labs Ltd.)
- Atchol (Aristo Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
- Atfour (Corazon)
- Atheart (Franco Indian Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
- Atherochek (Indoco Remedies)
- Atocor (Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd.)
- Atorbest (Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
- Atorec (Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
- Atoril (Argus (div. of Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.))
- Atorin (Medley Pharmaceuticals Ltd)
- Atorlip (Cipla Limited)
- Atorsave (Eris Life Sciences)
- Atorva (Zydus Cadila)
- ATORVASTATIN(GB) (Generic UK mft)
- Atrocard (Helios Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
- Atstat (Ind-Swift Ltd.)
- Attor (Biochem Pharmaceutical Industries)
- Avas (Micro Labs Ltd.)
- Aztor (Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.)
- Azvera (Intas Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.)
- Biostat (SAVA Healthcare Limited)
- Caat (Abbott Piramal India Ltd.)
- Dispitor (La Renon Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.)
- Eternex (Alembic Ltd.)
- Genxvast (Hetero Drugs Limited.)
- Grasalip (Genpharm)
- LDTOR (Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
- Lilo (Glaxo Wellcome)
- Lipichek (San Biomedics Pvt. Ltd.)
- Lipicure (Intas Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.)
- Lipigoal (Abbott Piramal India Ltd.)
- Lipikind (Mankind Pharma Ltd)
- Lipisafe (Lakshya Life Sciences)
- Lipitab (Meyer Organics Pvt Ltd.)
- Lipitor (Pfizer)
- Lipivas (Elder Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
- Lipofix (Bal Pharma Ltd.)
- Liponorm (Blue Cross Laboratories Ltd.)
- Lipvas (Cipla Limited)
- Lower A (Panacea Biotec Ltd.)
- Mactor (Macleods Pharma Ltd.)
- Meditas (Medi-Chem Pharma)
- Modlip (Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
- Monotorva (USV Limited)
- Nustat (Ordain Healthcare)
- Omnitor (Cipla Limited)
- Orvas (Systopic Laboratories Ltd.)
- Orvastin (Morepen Laboratories)
- Oxytor (Oxygen Pharma Care Pvt. Ltd.)
- Pleostin (Mano Pharmaceuticals)
- Pleotor (IPCA Laboratories Ltd.)
- Prevencor (Pfizer)
- Pritorva (Primus Remedies Pvt. Ltd.)
- Rotacor (Sandoz)
- SDZ-Atrovastatin (Sandoz)
- Sitestat (Aventis Pharma)
- Soraton (Sandoz)
- Sortis (Pfizer)
- Statix (Biocon Limited)
- Stator (Abbott Piramal India Ltd.)
- Storvas (Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.)
- Tonact (Lupin Limited)
- Torsa (Comed Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.)
- Torvast (Pfizer)
- Trava (Merck)
- Turbostat (Ochoa Laboratories Ltd.)
- Vasc (Pentacare (Alkem))
- Violip (Pulse Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.)
- Xtor (IPCA Laboratories Ltd.)
- Zivast (FDC Ltd.)
- Zylotor (Elinor Pharmaceuticals)
Take Atorvastatin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not break an Atorvastatin tablet unless your doctor has told you.
Atorvastatin is usually taken once a day, with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
You may need to stop using Atorvastatin for a short time if you have:
an electrolyte imbalance (such as high or low potassium levels in your blood);
severely low blood pressure;
a severe infection or illness; or
surgery or a medical emergency.
To be sure Atorvastatin is helping your condition and is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.
Atorvastatin is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely. You may need to take Atorvastatin on a long-term basis for the treatment of high cholesterol. Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Hyperlipidemia (Heterozygous Familial and Nonfamilial) and Mixed Dyslipidemia (Fredrickson Types IIa and IIb)
The recommended starting dose of Atorvastatin is 10 or 20 mg once daily. Patients who require a large reduction in LDL-C (more than 45%) may be started at 40 mg once daily. The dosage range of Atorvastatin is 10 to 80 mg once daily. Atorvastatin can be administered as a single dose at any time of the day, with or without food. The starting dose and maintenance doses of Atorvastatin should be individualized according to patient characteristics such as goal of therapy and response (see current NCEP Guidelines). After initiation and/or upon titration of Atorvastatin, lipid levels should be analyzed within 2 to 4 weeks and dosage adjusted accordingly.
Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia in Pediatric Patients (10–17 years of age)
The recommended starting dose of Atorvastatin is 10 mg/day; the maximum recommended dose is 20 mg/day (doses greater than 20 mg have not been studied in this patient population). Doses should be individualized according to the recommended goal of therapy. Adjustments should be made at intervals of 4 weeks or more.
Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia
The dosage of Atorvastatin in patients with homozygous FH is 10 to 80 mg daily. LIPITOR should be used as an adjunct to other lipid-lowering treatments (e.g., LDL apheresis) in these patients or if such treatments are unavailable.
Concomitant Lipid-Lowering Therapy
Atorvastatin may be used with bile acid resins. The combination of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) and fibrates should generally be used with caution.
Dosage in Patients With Renal Impairment
Renal disease does not affect the plasma concentrations nor LDL-C reduction of Atorvastatin; thus, dosage adjustment in patients with renal dysfunction is not necessary
Dosage in Patients Taking Cyclosporine, Clarithromycin, Itraconazole, or Certain Protease Inhibitors
In patients taking cyclosporine or the HIV protease inhibitors (tipranavir plus ritonavir) or the hepatitis C protease inhibitor (telaprevir), therapy with Atorvastatin should be avoided. In patients with HIV taking lopinavir plus ritonavir, caution should be used when prescribing Atorvastatin and the lowest dose necessary employed. In patients taking clarithromycin, itraconazole, or in patients with HIV taking a combination of saquinavir plus ritonavir, darunavir plus ritonavir, fosamprenavir, or fosamprenavir plus ritonavir, therapy with Atorvastatin should be limited to 20 mg, and appropriate clinical assessment is recommended to ensure that the lowest dose necessary of Atorvastatin is employed. In patients with HIV taking nelfinavir, therapy with Atorvastatin should be limited to 40 mg, and appropriate clinical assessment is recommended to ensure that the lowest dose necessary of Atorvastatin is employed.
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