Atorvastatin (Lipitor 20 mg)
€39.98 – €165.90
Generic Lipitor is the preparation identical to the branded medicine based on Atorvastatin. It is used for various groups of people who are at risk of developing serious heart conditions due to high bad cholesterol levels. The medication lowers the level of bad cholesterol and increases the level of good cholesterol but for the best effect, it should be used along with a special diet and exercising. The medication can be used in children starting from the age ten if they have a genetic predisposition to develop cardiovascular conditions due to impaired lipids metabolism. Read our complete guide to get the full info on the preparation safe use.
Brand name: Atorvastatin
Generic name: Lipitor
Indications: High cholesterol, Risk of myocardial infarction or angina pectoris, Risk of stroke and the need of revascularization procedures, Hypercholesterolemia, Dyslipidemia
Benefits: Helps to lower the risk of cardiovascular conditions due to high level of bad cholesterol, lowers the level of “bad” cholesterol and increases the level of “good” cholesterol
Analogs: Atropic, Rovator, Trovatin, Cardyl, Sotis, Torvast, Tozalip, Xavator
Generic Atorvastatin (Lipitor 20 mg) guide:
What is the medication sold as Lipitor?
Lipitor is one of the trade names for the substance called Atorvastatin first synthesized in1981. The trade name is owned by a single pharmaceutical company and cannot be used by other manufacturers but the formula of the medication is no longer protected by the copyright and is widely used for the creation of the same medication by other producers. It is a preparation that is used as a prophylaxis of severe cardiovascular conditions such as stroke or myocardial infarction in people who are in a risk group.
The positive effect of the medication on the body is achieved through the decrease of the level of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, and other harmful substances. It also causes an increase in high-density lipoprotein which is a healthy lipid. However, the medication is advised to be used only if other measures to lower the “unhealthy” cholesterol failed such as low-fat diet, physical exercising, and weight loss.
What is Generic Lipitor and why is it cheaper?
The original formula for the medication was discovered more than thirty years ago and the exclusive patent of its developer had already expired. This allowed other drug making companies to make the same medicines although they need to register other names for them. These medications can be found if you look for Generic Lipitor. It is a “code” name used around the world to help people find cheaper analogs of the branded medication. To be sure that you get the right preparation, check the active substance which is always obligatorily indicated on the package and should be Atorvastatin.
As for the cheaper price of the generic, do not worry, it doesn’t mean that the medication is inferior or less effective. It is justified by the lack of research investments by the generics makers and low production costs as they make the medicines in the developing countries. Nevertheless, the quality and effectiveness of the medications are tested and verified before they are available for marketing through the drugstores. You can without any doubts buy Generic Lipitor from our online pharmacy if your physician or cardiologist prescribes you the branded medication.
When is Atorvastatin appointed?
The preparation is used to prevent cardiovascular diseases in the people with high risk. For instance, it can be appointed for adults without diagnosed ischemic heart disease, but with certain health risk for its development such as old age, cigarettes smoking, elevated arterial pressure, low level of high-density lipoproteins, or history of early onset of an ischemic heart condition in family health history.
You can buy Lipitor to diminish the risk of infarction, stroke, and other heart complications.
The preparation is also used in individuals with diabetes type II who do not suffer from clinically manifested ischemic heart disease but have certain risks of its onset such as diabetic eye disease, excretion of protein in the urine, cigarettes smoking or elevated arterial pressure. Atorvastatin in these patients lowers the risk of myocardial infarction and stroke.
People with clinically manifested ischemic heart disease are prescribed to take the pills to diminish the risk of non-lethal infarction, lethal and non-lethal stroke, the need of surgery, and exacerbation of congestive heart failure, diminishing the risk of angina pectoris.
In hyperlipidemia, the preparation is appointed as an addition to the diet to lower the level of general cholesterol, low density “bad” cholesterol, apolipoprotein B and triglycerides, as well as to raise the level of high density (“healthy”) cholesterol in people with lipid metabolism disorders.
Worth noting though that the medication is appointed as an additional measure to the diet and healthy changes of the lifestyle aimed to lower the level of harmful cholesterol. It shouldn’t be used as a replacement for those healthy lifestyle changes.
When is the medication based on Atorvastatin prohibited to be used?
Even if you have indications for the medication use, you must not buy Atorvastatin if you have one or several conditions in which the medication is contraindicated. They include hypersensitivity to the medication or allergy to its components, active liver disease, which may include a steady increase in hepatic transaminase activity of unknown cause within the last three months.
Besides, the medication is prohibited to be used by pregnant and breastfeeding women, children younger than ten years, and should be carefully used in people suffering from alcoholism or having a history of liver diseases.
Is it safe to combine the medication with other substances?
Before you buy Generic Atorvastatin, you need to consult your doctor not only about whether the medication itself is safe for you but whether the medicines you take are compatible with it. The active substance of the branded medication and its generic versions interact with many other preparations negatively which can cause a series of adverse reactions. Therefore, it is important to talk with your healthcare provider about the possibility of other medications use when you use Lipitor or its generic. Here we provide only some of the negative interactions and undesirable combinations that you should avoid. Please refer to the complete instruction for all interactions.
HIV protease inhibitor medications based on tipranavir plus ritonavir, and some hepatitis C virus protease inhibitors must not be taken along with this cholesterol level lowering medicine or generic versions of the drug.
The HIV protease inhibitor combination drugs based on Lopinavir + Ritonavir are not advised to be used with Atorvastatin or if used, the dosages used should be the lowest effective ones.
In the concurrent use of cyclosporine, erythromycin, antifungal meds, nicotinamide, and other medications, the level of the medication in plasma increases and therefore the risk of negative reactions rises.
Antacid medicines reduce the concentration of the medication by up to a half.
The concurrent use of Atorvastatin with the inhibitors of CYP3A4 is associated with the rise of the concentration of Generic Lipitor in plasma.
The medication also increases the concentration of oral contraceptives containing norethisterone by 30% and Ethinylestradiol by 20%.
What adverse effects can Generic Lipitor cause?
If you order Lipitor for the first time, you should be prepared that you may start experiencing from certain side effects such as sleeplessness, headache, nausea, diarrhea, pain in the abdomen, bloating, constipation, skin rash, swelling, itching, noise in the ears, and so on.
Some of these side effects go away by themselves while others indicate that you may develop pancreatitis, hepatitis or other conditions that require treatment. Therefore, in the occurrence of any malaise during the medication use, you must inform your healthcare provider.
How to use Generic Lipitor?
When you order Generic Lipitor from an online pharmacy like ours that vigorously checks all medications that are presented in our range, you can be sure that you get the medication identical to the branded drug you are being prescribed. Therefore, you should follow your doctor recommendations without any changes. Also, if you are a hundred percent sure that the preparation is not contraindicated for you, you can follow the regular instruction.
The pills are taken at any time of the day regardless of the mealtime. The starting dosage for the prophylaxis of ischemic heart disease in adults is ten mg taken once a day. The dosage can be then gradually increased with an interval of two-four weeks but only under a doctor’s supervision and under the condition that the necessary tests are made. The maximum daily dosage is 80 mg taken in a single intake.
In lipid metabolism disorder, the daily dose is ten milligrams if not otherwise is prescribed by a doctor.
The effect of the medications starts to manifest two weeks after the start of the therapy. The maximum efficiency can be observed within four weeks after the therapy start.
In hypercholesterolemia, eighty milligrams are taken once a day is prescribed. Prior starting therapy, the patient should be appointed and given instructions on a standard hypocholesterolemic diet, which he or she must observe during treatment.
Patients with liver insufficiency need to take the reduced dosages of the medication.
Children aged from ten to seventeen years (only in girls who started their periods), can be prescribed to take ten mg once a day. The dosages higher than twenty mg a day in this group of patients are not studied.
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