Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your health professional. Brands and generics both contain the same active ingredient(s) and are medically equivalent. Some brands are marketed under different names by the same manufacturing country depending on the country of origin.
Lipvas (atorvastatin) is a generic version of the widely-recognized brand-name Lipitor. A statin medication, Lipvas is used to reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while raising levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL). In other words, it treats high cholesterol.
Lifestyle changes are also typically advised along with this medication; reducing cholesterol and saturated fat intake, maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, and so forth. Lipvas will still provide some benefit if lifestyle changes are not significant, however, or if such changes don't produce significant results.
Lipvas can be used on its own or along with other cholesterol-reducing medications.
Cholesterol in the human body is a complex subject. Despite the labels "good" and "bad" cholesterol, both LDL and HDL cholesterol play vital roles in health. Problems only arise when when LDL levels become imbalanced, which is often---but not always---due to poor dietary choices over the long term.
Untreated, high levels of LDL cholesterol can lead to serious complications and even death:
Lipvas works by inhibiting cholesterol production in the liver, forcing the body to utilize cholesterol in the bloodstream. Eating a low-cholesterol diet is important so the existing cholesterol is reduced, rather than supplying the body with a regular influx of new cholesterol. While LDL cholesterol is important, when levels are high there's no need to be concerned about deficiencies.
Lipvas comes in tablets, typically taken once per day. Taking tablets with food is optional; if gastrointestinal side effects are experienced, taking with food may help.
Dosage ranges from 10 to 80 mg, largely dependent on the severity of the condition:
While symptoms such as angina may become less frequent a few weeks after treatment begins, the only way to truly tell if Atorvastatin is working is to have a cholesterol test performed.
Lipvas is typically taken long-term, with treatment spanning years or decades, unless lifestyle changes are sufficient to control cholesterol levels. Lifestyle changes can be enough to manage the condition without medication, assuming the patient sticks to them, but are not always enough on their own.
Precautions & Adverse Reactions
Patients with certain preexisting conditions should not take Lipvas without first discussing risks with a doctor:
Lipvas is known to interact with many other medications, including birth control pills, antibiotics, antidepressants, steroids, blood pressure medications, and many others. Always check with a doctor or pharmacist before mixing other drugs with Lipvas.
When properly used, side effects are typically minimal and not cause for concern unless severe:
Occasionally more rare, but also more serious, side effects develop; discontinue treatment and seek medical attention if experiencing:
Regular doctor exams will help catch any developing adverse effects before they become severe.