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Atchol 40 Tablet


Overview

Introduction

Atchol 40 Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called statins. It is used to lower cholesterol and to reduce the risk of heart disease. Cholesterol is a fatty substance that builds up in your blood vessels and causes narrowing, which may lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Atchol 40 Tablet is a widely prescribed medicine and is regarded as safe for long-term use when taken as per doctor's advice. It can be taken with a meal or on an empty stomach. You can take it at any time of the day but try to take it at the same time each day. Most people with high cholesterol do not feel ill, but if you stop taking this medicine, your condition could get worse. This may lead to your cholesterol levels rising up again and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. 

It is important to have your cholesterol levels checked regularly. This medicine is only one part of a treatment program which should also include a healthy diet, regular exercise, smoking cessation, moderation of alcohol intake and weight reduction. You can eat normally while taking this medicine, but try to avoid foods that are high in fat. 

Common side effects of this medicine include headache, constipation, muscle pain, nausea, indigestion, diarrhea and nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the throat and nasal passages). These are usually mild and disappear after a short time. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you notice any yellowing of your eyes or get repeated or unexplained muscle pains. 

This medicine should not be used in some conditions such as liver disease. Also, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should not take this medicine as it may harm the developing baby. Diabetic patients should monitor their blood sugar levels while taking this medicine, as it may lead to an increase in blood sugar levels. Your doctor may check your liver function before starting the treatment and monitor it regularly thereafter.

Side effects of Atchol Tablet

Common
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Muscle pain

How to use Atchol Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Atchol 40 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Atchol Tablet works

Atchol 40 Tablet is a lipid-lowering medication (statin). It works by blocking an enzyme (HMG-CoA-reductase) that is required in the body to make cholesterol. It thus lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL).

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Atchol 40 Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Atchol 40 Tablet is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy. Seek your doctor's advice as studies on pregnant women and animals have shown significant harmful effects to the developing baby.
Breastfeeding
UNSAFE
Atchol 40 Tablet is unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby.
Driving
SAFE
Atchol 40 Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Atchol 40 Tablet is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Atchol 40 Tablet is recommended.
However, inform your doctor if you have any underlying kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Atchol 40 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Atchol 40 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Atchol 40 Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease and active liver disease.

What if you forget to take Atchol Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Atchol 40 Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses within 12 hour.

Alternate Brands

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Quick Tips

  • In general, Atchol 40 Tablet is safe. It may cause diarrhea, gas or an upset stomach. If any of these happen to you, take it with food.
  • Inform your doctor if you experience fatigue, muscle weakness or muscle pain. 
  • Your doctor may check your liver function before starting the treatment and regularly thereafter. Inform your doctor if you notice signs of liver problems such as yellowing of skin or eyes, unusually dark urine or stomach pains.
  • Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease or diabetes before starting treatment with this medicine. If you are diabetic, monitor your blood sugar level regularly as Atchol 40 Tablet may cause an increase in your blood sugar level.
  • Do not take Atchol 40 Tablet if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

Interaction with Drugs

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Patient Concerns

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My total cholesterol serum 130 VLDL 27.20 (H) LDL 37.50(L) Already taking Atchol 20(Atorvastatin Tab)
Dr. Nabajit Talukdar
Heart Specialist
R u having heart problems
(1) I am diabetic and on insulin. Actrapdid 35, 35, 25 with Lantus 30. Recent HbA1C value 6.4 (2) I have high blood pressure and I am taking Rampiril (5mg b.i.d) with Hydrochloride thiozide (12.5 mg OD) and+ ? HS . BP is normally well below I have Cholesterol problem and so I am taking Atorvastatin 40(HS). My recent Lipid Profile is: Cholesterol 169, Triglycerides 107, HDL 38, LDL 109.6, VLDL 21.4, Cholestorol:HDL 4.44. (4) I also have Glaucoma and I am on eye drops (5) I have Ostopenia and so am taking Calcium tablets.(6) I underwent CABG surgery 14 months ago after surviving heart attack. Medication includes: Clopitab 150 A (7) Echo LVEF: 55% Low Haemoglobin: 11.2. Prescribed tablets for improving Haemoglobin discontinued due to aggravating situation (8) Current Unsolved Problem: Breathlessness: Severe breathlessness while rising up, sitting down, bending down, bending up, climbing stairs. (No breathlessness while walking. But daily walking not done for some months, because walking causes inflammation at the suture site.)
Dr. Nabajit Talukdar
Heart Specialist
How is ur echo n pft
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FAQs

Q. Is Atchol used for lowering cholesterol?

Atchol belongs to a group of medicines known as statins, which are lipid (fat) lowering medicines. Atchol is used to lower lipids known as cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood when low-fat diet and lifestyle changes fail to lower the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. If you are at an increased risk of heart disease, Atchol can also be used to reduce such risk even if your cholesterol levels are normal. You should maintain a standard cholesterol-lowering diet during treatment.

Q. Can Atchol be prescribed to children?

Atchol is for adults and children aged 10 years or more whose cholesterol does not come down enough with exercise and low-fat diet. It is not approved for use in patients younger than 10 years old.

Q. Is Atchol a blood thinner?

No, Atchol is not a blood thinner. It is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It works by slowing down the production of cholesterol in the body to decrease. This further decreases the amount of cholesterol that may build up on the walls of the arteries and block blood flow to the heart, brain, and other parts of the body. By lowering the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides it prevents the chances of stroke and heart attack.

Q. What should I know about high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of fat present in your blood. Total cholesterol is determined by the total amount of LDL and HDL cholesterol in the body. LDL cholesterol is called “bad” cholesterol. Bad cholesterol can build up in the wall of your blood vessels and slow or obstruct blood flow to your heart, brain, and other organs. This can cause heart diseases and stroke. HDL cholesterol is called “good” cholesterol as it prevents the bad cholesterol from building up in the blood vessels. Triglycerides also are harmful fats found in your blood.

Q. Will taking Atchol increase my risk of diabetes?

If you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, taking Atchol may increase this risk slightly. This is because Atchol can raise your blood sugar a little. If you already have type 2 diabetes, your doctor may advise monitoring your blood sugar levels more closely for the first few months. Tell your doctor if you find it harder to control your blood sugar.

Q. For how long do I need to take Atchol? Is it safe for long-term use?

You may need to take Atchol life long or for the duration prescribed by your doctor. The benefits will only continue for as long as you take it. If you stop taking Atchol without starting a different treatment, your cholesterol level may rise again. It is considered to be safe and has few side effects if taken as directed by the doctor.

Q. Does Atchol cause weight loss?

No, Atchol has not been reported to cause weight loss. However, weight gain has been reported as an uncommon side effect. Please consult your doctor if you experience weight loss while taking Atchol.

Q. Can I stop taking Atchol?

No, you should not stop taking Atchol without consulting your doctor. You should consult your doctor if you think that taking Atchol is causing side effects. Your doctor may accordingly decide to lower your dose or change your medicine.

Q. Does Atchol cause memory loss?

No, Atchol does not cause loss of memory. However, it is an uncommon side effect of Atchol, and may affect only 1 in 100 people. Please consult your doctor if you experience any symptoms of memory loss after taking Atchol.

Q. When should I take Atchol?

Atchol is generally taken once a day. It can be taken in the morning or night or at any time of the day, with or without food. Try taking this medicine at the same time every day to help remember when to take it.

Q. What does Atchol do to the body?

Atchol acts on the liver and stops it from making bad cholesterol. It not only lowers the levels of LDL-C (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides but also helps to raise your HDL-C (good cholesterol). This in turn, lowers the risk for heart attack, stroke, certain types of heart surgery, and chest pain in patients who have heart disease or diabetes.

Q. What are the most common side effects of Atchol?

The common side effects of Atchol include nausea, indigestion, constipation, flatulence, diarrhea, headache, and aches and pains in your back and joints. It may also cause nosebleeds, sore throat, and cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, blocked nose or sneezing.

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