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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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Kindly analyze my attached reports and advise.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32 year old male. My height is 6'1" and weight is 120 kg. I had blood tests and need your advice on preventive health care and preventive medication, if any. I am looking forward for your guidance and advice. I am obese since birth with a family history of obesity. I do not have an...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. Based on the evaluation of your reports, we have identified two primary concerns: an abnormal lipid profile and a deficiency in vitamin D. We recommend continuing the vitamin D supplement and addressing your cholesterol issues in consultation wit...  Read Full »

My doctor has advised me to start Atorvastatin due to my high cholesterol levels along with my hypothyroidism medication. Can this cause any side effects?

Query: Hi doctor, I have hypothyroidism that is being treated with Levothyroxine. My doctor has just put me on Atorvastatin because of my high cholesterol, I am not sure whether to take them or not with the side effects saying not to take them with hypothyroidism. What should I do? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It appears that you have hypothyroidism (a condition where there is an insufficiency of thyroid hormone) and dyslipidemia (an imbalance of lipids), which is also due to hypothyroidism. Atorvastatin can be taken with co-existing treatment ...  Read Full »

Can I take statins while breastfeeding?

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 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 »

Will dietary changes normalize my glucose and lipid levels?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 54 year old male, and I do not smoke or drink. I am prediabetic and overweight from the past five years. I have started LCHF (low carb high fat) and IF (intermediate fasting) diet for seven weeks. This has given very good results, I was 220 lbs, and now I weigh 198.4 lbs. And my...  Read Full »

Dr. Deep Dutta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to LCHF diet is a good short-term option for weight loss. But it is not a good option for long-term weight loss. Prolonged use of this diet is associated with increased risk of hypercholesterolemia and fatty liver disease, which limits their long-term use. Based on your...  Read Full »

Please help me interpret my annual medical report.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 43 year old male. I have an active lifestyle with a focus on my diet and daily health regimen. I do not have any significant medical history, except for high cholesterol levels. I want to boost my testosterone levels too, as I hardly have any libido. Unless absolutely warranted,...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your complete list of investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The following are my observations and suggestions:There is anincreased cholesterol level, subclinical hypothyroidism, and raised hs-CRP (high-sensitivity C-reactive prot...  Read Full »

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 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 »

Is long-term use of Tamsulosin safe?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 68-year-old male. I have enlarged prostate. Currently, I am taking the following medication: 1. Lipitor (Atorvastatin) 20 mg - once in the evening. 2. Blopress (Candesartan) 16 mg - once in the morning and once in the evening. 3. Aspirin protect 100- once in the morning. 4....  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is usually safe to take this medication with other medications. However, the important concern is low blood pressure. As you are on other blood pressure-lowering medications, the addition of this may lead to excessive fall of blood pressure, especially for the first...  Read Full »

I have a triglyceride level of 423 mg/dL. Do I need to take medicines?

Query: Hi doctor, My triglyceride level is 423. Do I need a medicine to bring it down? If yes, then which one?  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A triglyceride level of 423 is considerably elevated, necessitating a comprehensive approach involving dietary adjustments, regular exercise, and potentially medical intervention. It's important to consider screenings for concurrent conditions like diabetes and hypertens...  Read Full »

How to normalize my high triglycerides?

Query: Hello doctor, My triglycerides are 296. Should I take some medicine to normalize it.? My total cholesterol is 183.  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you take tablet Atorva (Atorvastatin) 20 mg once daily at night time before sleep for two months. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and with their consent take the medicine. Some patients do complain of myalgia after using this dose. If...  Read Full »

What are the possible side effects of high cholesterol medicine?

Query: Hi doctor, My cholesterol and triglyceride levels are elevated. But, they were the same in my previous checkup reports too. I am a bit reluctant to take medication because of the side effects. My father has both cardiac and diabetic issues. I am doing exercise regularly and my intake of sugar is als...  Read Full »

Dr. Nageswara Rao

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your vitamin D levels, thyroid levels and HbA1c are quite good. Regarding your high cholesterol, it may be due to hereditary and food related. You have a high risk of coronary artery disease as you have a positive family history and high cholesterol. Do regular exercis...  Read Full »

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