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Atorvastatin (Lipitor)

What is the Generic Name for Lipitor?

Atorvastatin

What is the Trade Name for Atorvastatin?

Lipitor

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)?

Lipid-lowering agent

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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