Information about taking Atorvastatin: Inside the pouch

PillTime’s Inside the Pouch series returns. Let’s take a look at Atorvastatin to answer some commonly asked questions.

Atorvastatin is taken by thousands of people in the UK, each day. It belongs to a group of medicines called statins that are designed to treat high cholesterol levels in the body.

What is atorvastatin used for?

Atorvastatin helps by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by your liver. This decreases the risk of developing a heart attack or stroke. Atorvastatin is used to treat other conditions such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

Atorvastatin is given as an oral tablet and is only available on a prescription.

Who can take it?

Atorvastatin isn’t suitable for some people. Before taking atorvastatin, you should speak to your doctor if you:

have a history of liver or kidney problems

suffer from severe lung disease

have an underactive thyroid

have a muscle disorder

previously had a stroke

drink a lot of alcohol

had reactions to other medications in the past.

Which pouch will my atorvastatin be in?

When we organise your atorvastatin into PillTime pouches, we will always follow your doctor’s prescription instructions. You can take atorvastatin at any time during the day. Your doctor may recommend taking atorvastatin in the evening because the body makes most cholesterol at night.

What dosage will I have?

The usual dose for atorvastatin is between 10mg and 80mg daily. But this may vary depending on the condition you have and other medications you’re currently taking.

Will I get any side effects?

There are some common side effects when you start taking atorvastatin. They affect more than 1 in 100 people:

  1. Nausea
  2. Sore throat
  3. Diarrhoea
  4. Gas
  5. Headaches

These symptoms should settle within a few days whilst your body adapts to your new medication. If symptoms continue, you should speak to your GP before stopping any treatment.

Serious side effects are rare and happen in less than 1 in 10,000 people.

  1. Severe stomach pain – this could be a sign of pancreas problems.
  2. Jaundice – this could be a sign of liver problems.
  3. Muscle pain and weakness – this could be a sign of muscle damage and kidney damage.
  4. Weight loss

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop taking atorvastatin and speak to your GP straight away.

Taking atorvastatin with PillTime

If you struggle remembering to take your medication on time, PillTime can organise your prescription into clearly labelled pouches. The pouches are clearly labelled and are dispensed in the order you need to take them. This can give you confidence that you haven’t forgotten a dose.

To find out more information about PillTime pouches, you can visit our website here.

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