Atorvastatin

Atorvastatin is a statin group of oral medication used to control the cholesterol levels in the body. It is used along with proper diet, exercise, and weight loss programs to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. It is commonly available under the brand name Lipitor.

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Can thyroid and contraceptive medications increase my triglyceride levels?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had hypothyroidism since last year. Currently, I am taking Levothyroxine - 25 mcg, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, Paroxetine, Levocetirizine, Multivitamin. My lab results showed HDL 32 mg/dL, non-HDL 126 mg/dL and triglycerides - 585 mg/dL. Is that my condition is because of my medication? K...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. High triglyceride levels can be due to the following reasons: 1) Birth control pills are commonly known to cause a deranged lipid profile. 2) Hypothyroidism. 3) Alcohol intake. 4) Obesity- since your BMI (body mass index) is fine, we ca...  Read Full »

Am I a possible candidate for stroke?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently lost partial vision in my left eye. I was diagnosed with retinal ischemia by an eye specialist. After an angiogram, he suspects a small crystal of plaque blocking the blood supply to a portion of my retina. He told me I should see a cardiologist fairly soon, as he has worries ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are chances of cardioembolic stroke (some clot or infected vegetation) particle that your ophthalmologist is suspecting. Your cardiologist will do echocardio and see if any source of that in your heart. To prevent stroke, I suggest taking one high dose of Aspir...  Read Full »

How to cure left-sided paralysis in my mother?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has left side paralysis since three years. At the very instant she had it, we started physiotherapy. At that time, we also got an MRI of the brain done, reports of which I am attaching. In the report, it was mentioned that both the ICA are normal and we continued the physiot...  Read Full »


Dr. Devavrat Harihar Nene

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The neck doppler needs to be done to estimate the size of the stenosis. If it is more than 70 %, you will need to take her for a carotid endarterectomy procedure. Right now, I suggest the followi...  Read Full »

Doctor has prescribed tablet ecospirin 75 AV for me. What is the use of this medicine?

Query: Hello, Doctor has prescribed tablet ecospirin 75 AV for me. What is the use of this medicine? Do I have any nerve disorder?   Read Full »


Dr. Amit Arora

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Tablet ecospirin 75 AV contains aspirin and atorvastatin.  Aspirin is a blood thinner and atorvastatin is given to patients who have high blood cholesterol level. This combination is usually given to a cardiac patient. Long term side effect of aspirin is bleedi...  Read Full »

Does Lipitor cause weight loss?

Query: Hello, Does Atorvastatin cause weight loss?  Read Full »


Dr. Rohit Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Atorvastatin itself does not cause any weight loss. It is an anti lipid drug which lowers your lipids in blood that means, it will decrease chances of heart blockage. And you will not loose any weight because of atorvastatin itself. There can be minor side effects with ...  Read Full »

My doctor recommended Atocor 10 for irregularities in lipid profile. Can I take it while I am breastfeeding my baby?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32-year-old lactating mother. I am into my fourth month of postpartum. Recently I developed pain on the right side under ribs. On ultrasound, it was revealed that I am having gallstones of size 2 to 3 mm. So I consulted a general physician, and she advised me to take a lipid pro...  Read Full »


Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Atorvastatin is generally not recommended while breastfeeding. Some degree of dyslipidemia can be managed by lifestyle modification as well. Kindly share your investigation results.  Read Full »

What do a mildly dilated LA, normal LV, and mild MR in echo report mean?

Query: Hello doctor, My father had an echo test. The report says 'Mildly dilated LA. Normal LV size, with moderately reduced function. Mild MR. LVDD II'. What does it mean?  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Did he have any chest pain or heart attack in the past, or is he diabetic? To summarize the report, it says there is a decreased functioning of the heart, which most commonly occurs due to coronary artery disease or sometimes due to the weakening of the heart muscle...  Read Full »

Do I need to change the dose of statins?

Query: Hi doctor,Three years ago, I had a stent in my LAD, which had been 96% occluded. At that time, my cardiologist put me on Plavix for a year and ongoing 81 mg Aspirin therapy. I am also taking 50 mg Atenolol. It was 25 mg until this month and was increased due to palpitations probably stress related. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Good to know that you are in good control of your lipids. First of all, statins must be used when one has had any heart attack or stroke. The dose of statin is set by the level of LDL (low-density lipoprotein). LDL must be lowered to one half. In your case, Crestor (Ro...  Read Full »

How to bring down the cholesterol level from 303 mg/dL?

Query: Hi doctor, I have received the reports of my lipid panel. My cholesterol level is 303 mg/dL. Kindly suggest to me some good medicines for this. Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I would explain that your blood lipid profile indicates dyslipidemia, which can lead to a higher risk of stroke or heart attack in the future (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). For this reason, I ...  Read Full »

Can pain in the lower rib occur due to a heart problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been dealing with some health issues lately. When I was 32 years old, I had my first atrial fibrillation, for which cardioversion was done in the hospital. Five years after that, I had a second attack, with the same result. I have never taken any medicines, just started taking...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) very carefully. Your heart looks fine, and your blood tests are also fine, only your cholesterol is elevated. Your ECGs are also normal, so the likelihood of this pain being cardiac ...  Read Full »

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