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Atorvastatin - An Overview

Atorvastatin is a generic medication sometimes marketed under the brand name Lipitor. Atorvastatin belong to a class of medications known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and is a synthetic lipid-lowering drug. Through Push Health, people who need atorvastatin can request an atorvastatin prescription from a medical provider online and get the medication delivered or made available at a local pharmacy if the medical provider determines it is safe and appropriate to prescribe atorvastatin.

Atorvastatin - HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor Drug

Atorvastatin is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, sometimes referred to as a statin medication. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors help block the synthesis of cholesterol by blocking the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme used in the biosynthesis of cholesterol. Along with triglycerides, cholesterol is incorporated into VLDL fractions which eventually lead to LDL complex formation. Elevated levels of certain forms of LDL are thought to be associated with increased atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk. Atorvastatin is very similar to ezetimibe (Zetia), lovastatin (Mevacor), pitavastatin (Livalo), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor) in function and effect.

Atorvastatin - Dosage and Cost

Atorvastatin calcium is a while to off-white crystalline powder. Atorvastatin, when sold as pills, appears as white, elliptical, film-coated tablets of atorvastatin calcium. Atorvastatin is frequently available in doses of 10mg, 20mg, 40mg and 80mg. Atorvastatin pills are generally taken daily with or without food. Lipid levels should be checked two to four weeks after starting treatment and the dosage is often adjusted based on the results. Atorvastatin is an affordable medication and the cost of an atorvastatin pill is usually under $1 per pill. Atorvastatin coupons may also be available for people who cannot afford to purchase the medication.

Atorvastatin - Absorption and Elimination

Atorvastatin is rapidly absorbed after oral administration and peak levels in the plasma occur within 1-2 hours. Food can decrease the rate and extent of atorvastatin drug absorption. Atorvastatin is thought to be metabolized via the cytochrome p450 pathway. Atorvastatin is primarily eliminated in the bile and has a plasma elimination half-life of approximately 14 hours in humans. Plasma concentrations of atorvastatin differ in elderly people and between women and men.

Can I Buy Atorvastatin Online?

Atorvastatin is a prescription medication and so one cannot legitimately just buy atorvastatin online. As a result, generic atorvastatin OTC (over-the-counter) is not available, either. However, Push Health helps connect people who need atorvastatin with a licensed medical provider in their area who can prescribe atorvastatin pills if it is appropriate.

Atorvastatin - Side Effects

Atorvastatin can cause side effects when used. The use of atorvastatin medication can result in abnormal liver function, muscle problems such as rhabdomyolysis and myalgia, weakness, and myopathy. Atorvastatin use can also affect adrenal and gonadal steroid function, increase the risk of cancer, and cause central nervous system bleeding and lesions. Atorvastatin can also cause a wide range of other side effects infrequently and can also interfere with other medications when used concurrently. Atorvastatin should be used with caution in people with liver problems such as hepatic insufficiency. All questions regarding atorvastatin's side effects should be directed to one's medical provider and pharmacist.

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Last updated May 13, 2021. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.