What are the Indications of Atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
Management of high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease
What are the Actions of Atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
Lowers total cholesterol as well as LDL while slightly increasing HDL. Inhibits HMG-CoA reductase which plays a role in the liver in cholesterol formation
What is the Therapeutic Class of Atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
What is the Pharmacologic Class of Atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor
What are the Nursing Considerations of Atorvastatin (Lipitor)?
Contraindicated in active liver disease
May cause rhabdomyolysis
Monitor renal function
Monitor serum cholesterol before, about 4 weeks after starting, and frequently during drug therapy
Monitor liver function tests
Instruct patient to report muscle weakness (sign of rhabdomyolysis)
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