Atorvastatin is officially approved by the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS). This means that it has all the corresponding quality certificates from the health authorities.
Thus, Atorvastatin is part of a group of drugs known as statins, which are those that regulate lipids in the organism. However, its intake can have some adverse effects, where we find the alteration of glucose levels.
Usually, this drug is used to reduce lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, when a low-fat diet and lifestyle changes have not given the expected results.
In addition, it can also be used to reduce an elevated risk of heart disease. In addition, a standard low-cholesterol diet is appropriate during treatment.
What to know before taking Atorvastatin
As with any medicine, from the AEMPS also collects a series of contraindications before consuming Atorvastatin in different circumstances and situations. These are some of them:
In case of being allergic to Atorvastatin or any medicine of similar use.
If you are allergic to any of the components found in this medicine.
In case you have or have had unjustified abnormal results in liver function blood tests.
If you are a woman of childbearing age and are not using adequate contraceptive measures.
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
Finally, if you are using the combination of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir for hepatitis C treatment.
As mentioned above, before starting treatment with Atorvastatin, your doctor will prescribe a low cholesterol diet, so that the effect of this medication is more effective.
On the other hand, like any medication, Atorvastatin can also cause adverse effects, although not all people are likely to develop them.
Thus, the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) lists some rare side effects (affecting 1 in 1,000 people) that can occur with the intake of this medication:
Allergic reaction, causing swelling of the face, tongue and throat.
Severe illness with severe peeling and swelling of the skin, blistering of the skin, mouth, genitals and eyes, and fever.
Rashes with pink-red spots may also appear, especially on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet, which may form blisters.
Thus, the AEMPS explains that «abnormal muscle degradation does not always disappear, even after having stopped taking atorvastatin, and can be potentially fatal and cause kidney problems».
On the other hand, the drug’s package insert specifies some frequent adverse effects (they can affect 1 in 10 people), including inflammation of the nasal passages, sore throat or nosebleeds.
An increase in blood glucose and creatine kinase levels may also occur. Therefore, people with diabetes should be extremely careful with their blood sugar levels in these situations.
Finally, frequent adverse effects also include headache, nausea, constipation, gas, indigestion, diarrhea, joint pain, muscle pain and back pain.