The Atorvastatin is one of the drugs used as a treatment to reduce the high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. Although, it is a medication that has the approval of the health authorities.
Specifically, Atorvastatin is part of the drugs known as statins, whose purpose is to reduce the levels of lipids (fats) in the body. Thus, both cholesterol and triglycerides are considered two important lipids.
It must be taken into account that in the event of high cholesterol levels, it is usual for your doctor to establish an initial treatment based on a specific diet and an increase in physical activity on a regular basis.
However, when this low-fat diet and lifestyle changes fail, your doctor will prescribe certain medications; among which is Atorvastatin.
In addition, this medicine is also indicated for people who have a high risk of heart disease, even if cholesterol levels are in a normal state.
The AEMPS notice about taking Atorvastatin
The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) reminds us of the importance of carrying out a treatment safely when taking this medicine.
First of all, we must be clear that in order to take Atorvastatin safely, it is necessary to follow the administration instructions explained by a medical specialist. In this way, possible side effects are minimized.
In this sense, from the AEMPS they warn through their web page of the way of using this medication to take it safely. In addition, remember that before starting treatment it is usual for your doctor to put you on a low-cholesterol diet, which is mandatory for the medication to achieve the desired effect.
According to the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS), the initial dose of Atorvastatin in adults and children from years should be 10 mg al day. Although, a maximum dose of 20 mg per day should not be exceeded.
Your doctor will have the power to increase the initial dose if the patient's conditions so require. Normally, the treatment is established at an interval of 4 weeks or more, according to the criteria of your doctor.
On the other hand, the tablets of this medication must be swallowed whole. The patient can help himself to do this with a glass of water. Thus, the experts of the AEMPS explain that it can be taken at any time of the day with and without food; although it is appropriate to always take the tablet at the same time each day.
Warnings and precautions
Atorvastatin is generally a safe drug. However, from the AEMPS they explain that there are a number of situations in which people should not take this type of medication to reduce cholesterol levels.
People allergic to Atorvastatin or any of its components should not take this medicine. Nor if you have or have had any disease that affects the liver, or if you have or have had unjustified abnormal results in liver function blood tests.
This medicine is also not indicated for women who intend to become pregnant, pregnant or breastfeeding.