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Atorvastatin is a type of statin used to reduce the amount of cholesterol in the body. This can help decrease your chance of developing serious health conditions like heart disease and stroke. Whilst we no longer offer high cholesterol treatment through this service, our doctors have put together some useful information on the options available to you.

Key Features
  • One tablet taken daily
  • Reduces the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream
  • Most effective when combined with a low cholesterol diet
High cholesterol significantly increases your risk of heart disease.
Dr Gigi Taguri

Key Information

The medicine

Atorvastatin calcium


Effective at reducing cholesterol levels, especially when combined with a low cholesterol diet. This will reduce your risk of having a stroke or heart attack.

How to take it

Take one tablet each night.

Side effects

Possible side effects include muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or an allergic rash. For a full list of side effects, consult your Patient Information Leaflet.

Taking Atorvastatin

Atorvastatin is a tablet taken each night. It is used to reduce the amount of cholesterol and lipids produced by the liver, thus decreasing the amount that can be deposited on the arterial walls.

Cholesterol is needed by the body in small doses; it is naturally produced by the liver and helps cells function correctly. Smoking and an unhealthy diet can cause increased amounts of fats to be deposited in the arteries. This can ultimately increase the risk of your blood vessels becoming clogged, which in turn can lead to health issues such as strokes and heart attacks.

How quickly does Atorvastatin take effect?

Atorvastatin, in combination with an exercise regime and low cholesterol diet, can effectively decrease the effects of high cholesterol. While the effects of this new lifestyle may not be immediately apparent, you should feel the difference within a few months. Having a 6-monthly or yearly blood test will let you and your doctor keep track of your cholesterol level.

Alternative Treatments

Statins are the main drugs used to lower cholesterol and prevent strokes and heart attacks. There are several different statins available, including Simvastatin, which is also available from our clinic.

If you do not want to take medicine for you high cholesterol you can try making your lifestyle healthier. Quitting smoking will decrease your risk of cardiovascular and lung disease and a low fat, high fibre diet coupled with exercise can also reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack.

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