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Atorvastatin (Generic Lipitor)
What Is Atorvastatin?
Atorvastatin, commonly known as Lipitor, is a medication that falls under the class of drugs called statins. It functions by reducing the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides in the blood while increasing the level of good cholesterol (HDL). By doing so, it helps to prevent strokes and heart attacks.
What Is Atorvastatin Used to Treat?
Atorvastatin is primarily 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. It’s often used when diet and lifestyle changes alone have failed to lower cholesterol levels.
What Are the Common Side Effects of Atorvastatin?
Common side effects of Atorvastatin include headaches, stomach pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, or mild rash.
In rare cases, Atorvastatin can cause a condition resulting in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, potentially leading to kidney failure. Any persistent or serious side effects should be promptly reported to your healthcare provider.
For more detailed information about Atorvastatin, you can refer to the following sources:
- Lipitor prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Atorvastatin, MedlinePlus.
- Atorvastatin, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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Frequently asked questions
What is the most common side effect of Atorvastatin?
While Atorvastatin is generally well tolerated, it does come with possible side effects. The most common side effect is muscle pain or weakness.
Other common side effects may include:
- Muscle cramps or stiffness
- Joint pain
- Nausea or vomiting
Severe side effects are rare and should be reported to your doctor immediately. These can include:
- Severe muscle pain or weakness
- Dark colored urine
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
If you experience any of these side effects while taking Atorvastatin, you should seek medical attention right away.
It is important to talk to your doctor about any side effects that you experience while taking Atorvastatin, as they may be able to recommend a different medication or adjust your dosage.
The mentioned side effects above are just some of the possible side effects of Atorvastatin. Be sure to read the medication guide provided by your doctor and discuss any questions or concerns with your healthcare provider.
What Is the typical dosage for Atorvastatin?
The dosage for Atorvastatin varies depending on your condition and other factors. But typically the dosage ranges between 10 to 80mg a day.
Your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for you and may adjust your dosage as needed. Make sure to take the medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Do you need a prescription for Atorvastatin?
Yes, Atorvastatin is a prescription medication, and it should be taken under the guidance of a healthcare provider. At DrHouse, our licensed healthcare professionals can assess your condition and provide a prescription if it is deemed appropriate for your treatment.
Can you get an Atorvastatin prescription online?
Yes, you can get an Atorvastatin prescription online through DrHouse. Our team of healthcare professionals is available to assess your condition and, if suitable, can provide you with a prescription, ensuring you receive the care you need conveniently.
How can you get an Atorvastatin prescription online?
Getting an Atorvastatin prescription online is as easy as using the DrHouse app. Once you’ve set up a virtual consultation with one of our healthcare providers, they will assess your condition and can provide an online prescription for Atorvastatin if they deem it suitable.
Can you buy Atorvastatin over-the-counter (OTC)?
No, Atorvastatin is not available over the counter. It is a prescription medication and requires a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider, which you can get from the convenience of your home with DrHouse.
Is it legal to prescribe medicine online?
Yes, it is legal to prescribe medicine online. DrHouse operates within all applicable legal and regulatory standards to provide safe and secure online prescriptions for our patients.
What is DrHouse's prescription refill policy?
Our clinicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription for any previously prescribed medications, that are not classified as controlled substances. They use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year.
How long does it take to get a prescription for Atorvastatin?
At DrHouse you can see an online doctor within 15 minutes and receive your prescription. From there, you have the option to either have the prescription sent to your pharmacy of choice or have the meds delivered directly to your door.
What other medications are available for treating high cholesterol?
Other than Atorvastatin there are many different medications available for treating high cholesterol, including:
- Colestipol (Colestid)
- Ezetimibe (Zetia)
- Fenofibrate (Tricor)
- Gemfibrozil (Lopid)
- Lovastatin (Mevacor)
- Niacin (Niaspan)
- Pravastatin (Pravachol)
- Rosuvastatin (Crestor)
- Simvastatin (Zocor)
- Fluvastatin (Lescol, Lescol XL)
- Pitavastatin (Livalo, Zypitamag)
- Cholestyramine (Questran, Prevalite)
- Colesevelam (Welchol)