How to use Atorvastatin safely
If you are using this drug, you should avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while they are still on this medication. You should only take grapefruit if instructed by your doctor to do so. You should also avoid other fruits related to grapefruit like bitter oranges, pomelos, tangelos, and Seville oranges.
Note: Grapefruit has the ability to increase the amount of this medication present in the bloodstream, which could increase your dose when you don’t intend to. Contact your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
If the patient taking this drug also takes other drugs that lower cholesterol (bile acid-binding resins such as Cholestyramine or Colestipol), Atorvastatin should be taken at least an hour before or at least 4 hours after these medications have been taken. These medications can prevent the full absorption of Atorvastatin into the bloodstream since they react with Atorvastatin.
You should always read the patient information leaflet received from your pharmacist before you begin the use of Atorvastatin and every time you go for a refill. You should direct any questions you have about the product to your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication can be taken by mouth with or without food, depending on the instructions your doctor gives you. You should follow the dosage instructions given to you by your pharmacist or doctor.
The dosage for this medication is usually once daily.
The dosage appropriate for your use would be based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, and the other medications you are using in that period.
You should ensure that you inform your doctor or pharmacist about any product you use before using this drug (prescription, nonprescription, recreational and herbal drugs).
To reap the full benefit of this drug, you should ensure that you use it regularly, as directed. You should endeavor to take the drug at the same time every day. You should continue the use of this medication even if you feel well.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it has been more than 12 hours since you missed your dose, you should skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the normal time. You should never double the dose to make up for the missed one.
What should I do in case of an overdose?
In case of an overdose, you should immediately call the control helpline at 1-800-222-1222, or the equivalent of it in your area. If the victim has collapsed and cannot breathe, or cannot be awakened, you should immediately call emergency services at 911 or the equivalent in your area.