Q. Does Atorica cause gas?
Yes, flatulence (gas or wind) is one of the common side effects associated with the use of Atorica. If you have any such symptom while taking Atorica, consult your doctor.
Q. Is Atorica used for lowering cholesterol?
Atorica belongs to a group of medicines known as statins, which are lipid (fat) lowering medicines. Atorica 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, Atorica 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 Atorica be prescribed to children?
Atorica 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. Does Atorica affect the liver?
Atorica is rarely associated with hepatobiliary (liver, bladder, bile ducts, or bile) disorders. Its use is also linked with abnormal results of liver function test. Hence, getting liver function tests at regular intervals is recommended.
Q. Does Atorica cause itching?
The use of Atorica can cause itching and skin rash. If you experience any such symptom while using the drug, consult your doctor.
Atorica is a lipid-lowering drug which belongs to group of medicines called statins (lipid-lowering agents) or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. This class of drugs lowers the cholesterol levels effectively by blocking the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. It lowers the cholesterol levels by blocking the formation of cholesterol.
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 Atorica increase my risk of diabetes?
If you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, taking Atorica may increase this risk slightly. This is because Atorica 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 Atorica? Is it safe for long-term use?
You may need to take Atorica 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 Atorica 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 Atorica cause weight loss?
No, Atorica 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 Atorica.
Q. Can I stop taking Atorica?
No, you should not stop taking Atorica without consulting your doctor. You should consult your doctor if you think that taking Atorica is causing side effects. Your doctor may accordingly decide to lower your dose or change your medicine.
Q. Does Atorica cause diarrhea?
Yes, Diarrhea is a common side effect of Atorica. Please consult your doctor if you experience diarrhea after taking Atorica as the dose of your medicine may need to be changed.
Q. Does Atorica cause memory loss?
No, Atorica does not cause loss of memory. However, it is an uncommon side effect of Atorica, and may affect only 1 in 100 people. Please consult your doctor if you experience any symptoms of memory loss after taking Atorica.
Q. When should I take Atorica?
Atorica 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 Atorica do to the body?
Atorica 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 Atorica?
The common side effects of Atorica 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.