|Controlling and reducing cholesterol levels
Zarator (Atorvastatin Calcium) works as an inhibitor to the enzyme that produces cholesterol. It is indicated alongside dietary management and exercise to help lower the risk of strokes, angina, heart attacks and other serious problems in patients who are either suffering from obesity, diabetes, hypertension or any other medical disorders which place them at risk for cardiovascular events. It may even be used to reduce the possibility of requiring surgery.
This medicine is a statin and its mechanism of action involves lowering lipoprotein and cholesterol levels by acting on the HMG-CoA receptor. It reduces the synthesis of cholesterol by directly acting in the liver and triggering an increase in the amount of LDL receptors on the cells present there. This leads to a reduction on LDL (bad cholesterol) production and also allows for more of it to be removed from the blood. Treatment may also increase HDL (good cholesterol) levels, which can be beneficial for the health.
Dosage and Administration
Zarator (Atorvastatin Calcium) tablets contain 10mg of the active ingredient and are taken by mouth. Because the exact reason for which this medicine is used can differ from patient to patient, individual circumstances will need to be closely and carefully considered by your doctor when calculating the correct dosage. In patients with hyperlipidaemia, the doctor will need to assess the required reduction in LDL levels needed when deciding on the most appropriate starting dosage. From time to time, the doctor may make changes to the daily dosage schedule and it is important that patients follow the instructions given to them.
Patients who are taking the statin Zarator (Atorvastatin Calcium) may suffer from side effects, such as:
- Loose stools
- Digestive discomfort
- Symptoms similar to a cold
Make sure that your doctor is informed of all side effects that occur during treatment. Mild reactions are generally the most common, however rare occurrences of severe reactions have been reported. You must immediately see the doctor if you experience thirst, blurred eyesight, sleepiness, low energy levels, pain in the muscles or any other serious side effects not listed here.
Doctors generally advise patients to steer clear of any food which contains high levels of fat or cholesterol so as to ensure that the medicine remains effective. Dietary and exercise plans may be given to you by your doctor.
Do not drink any alcohol when taking this medicine, as it may trigger an increase in your triglyceride levels, and could even put you at risk of liver damage.
Seek immediate emergency medical attention if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms to watch for, which may be indicative of a reaction, include skin rashes, hives, swelling of the face or limbs, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing.
Always use Zarator (Atorvastatin Calcium) as you have been prescribed by your doctor. Never self-medicate or change your dosage without first consulting your doctor. The correct dosage can vary depending on your health, medical history, and the severity of the condition being treated.
This medication may not be safe for all patients. Before you begin using it always disclose the following to your doctor:
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you suffer from any allergies.
- If you suffer from any other health conditions or illnesses.
- If you are using any other medicine (including all non-prescription).
- If you are using any supplements, vitamins, or herbal products of any kind.