Atorvastatin is a drug officially approved by the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS). However, as with any drug, its use can cause different side effects, although not all people are likely to develop them.
Specifically, Atorvastatin belongs to a group of drugs called statins, which help regulate the lipids in the organism (fats).
Thus, it has been proven that the consumption of this drug helps to reduce lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Normally, this drug is prescribed when a low-fat diet and lifestyle changes have not yielded the expected results.
For people who are at risk for heart disease, this drug can also be used to reduce that risk, even if cholesterol levels are in the normal range.
Normally, during Atorvastatin treatment, your doctor will prescribe a specific diet to help lower cholesterol levels.
Contraindications of Atorvastatin
The Spanish Agency of Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) establishes a series of situations and circumstances in which this medicine should not be taken, since its consumption may be counterproductive to health:
It should not be taken if you are allergic to Atorvastatin or any other similar medication used for the reduction of blood lipids.
If you are allergic to any of the components of this medicine.
In case of disease affecting the liver.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you have or have had unjustified abnormal results in liver function blood tests.
If you are using the combination of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir for the treatment of hepatitis C.
Adverse effects of the drug
As with any other medication, the use of Atorvastatin can also cause side effects. However, the occurrence of side effects when taking this medication are usually rare (1 in 1,000 people) to very rare (1 in 10,000 people).
Rare side effects may include an unknown allergic reaction on the part of the patient, causing swelling of the face, tongue and throat, which may lead to difficulty in breathing.
Severe disease with severe peeling and inflammation of the skin, blisters on the skin, mouth, genitals and eyes may also occur.
Muscle weakness, tenderness, tearing or pain are also a common side effect. Sometimes an abnormal rupture of the muscles may cause malaise or high fever.
Thus, among the very rare side effects, problems with unexpected bleeding or bruising may be experienced, which may suggest a problem with liver function. Lupus syndrome, which includes joint disorders and effects on blood cells.
These are mainly the damages that the use of Atorvastatin can cause to your health, although the AEMPS clarifies that these are rare or very rare side effects.
In any case, if you feel any of the adverse effects described above, it is necessary to stop taking the tablets and inform your doctor immediately.