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What to do about:
- feeling sick (nausea) or indigestion - stick to simple meals and do not eat rich or spicy food. It might help to take your Cardyn after a meal or snack. If you continue to get symptoms of indigestion ask your pharmacist to recommend an antacid. Contact your doctor if your symptoms continue for more than a few days or if they get worse.
- headaches - make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Do not drink too much alcohol. Ask your pharmacist to recommend a painkiller. Headaches should usually go away after the first week of taking Cardyn. Talk to your doctor if they last longer than a week or are severe.
- aches and pains in your back and joints - if you get unusual muscle pain, weakness or tiredness which isn't from exercise or hard work, talk to your doctor. You may need a blood test to check what might be causing it. You can also ask your pharmacist to recommend a painkiller.
- nosebleeds - try applying a thin layer of Vaseline to the inside edges of your nose.
- sore throat - try gargling with warm salty water (children shouldn't try this), or use paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease any pain or discomfort. If the symptoms last longer than a week ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice.
- cold-like symptoms - try taking paracetamol or ibuprofen regularly for a few days. If the symptoms return when you stop taking the painkillers ask your doctor for advice.
- constipation or wind - eat more high-fibre foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables and cereals, and drink plenty of water. Try to exercise more regularly, for example, by going for a daily walk or run. If this doesn't help, talk to your pharmacist or doctor. Watch this short video about how to treat constipation.
- diarrhoea - drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Signs of dehydration include peeing less than usual or having dark, strong-smelling pee.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Cardyn if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
liver disease; or
if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Cardyn can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are taking this medicine.
Cardyn may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not breast-feed while you are taking this medicine.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
muscle pain or weakness;
a thyroid disorder; or
if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.
Cardyn can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, potentially leading to kidney failure. This condition may be more likely to occur in older adults and in people who have kidney disease or poorly controlled hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).
Cardyn is not approved for use by anyone younger than 10 years old.
Warnings for people with certain health conditions
For people with kidney problems: Having kidney problems raises your risk for muscle breakdown while taking Cardyn. Your doctor may monitor you more closely for muscle problems.
For people with liver disease: You shouldn’t take this if you have liver disease since this medication can increase your liver test results. This means that you may have liver damage.
For people with diabetes: Cardyn may increase your blood sugar levels. Your doctor may adjust your diabetes medications if this happens.
How should this medicine be used?
Cardyn comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day with or without food. Take Cardyn at around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Cardyn exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Your doctor may start you on a low dose of Cardyn and gradually increase your dose, not more than once every 2 to 4 weeks.
Continue to take Cardyn even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Cardyn without talking to your doctor.
WHAT IS ATORVASTATIN?
Cardyn is a drug used for lowering cholesterol and thereby preventing cardiovascular disease. This medication works by reducing the amounts of LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol, triglycerides (another type of fat), and apolipoprotein B (a protein needed to make cholesterol) in your blood. Cardyn is also used to increase the level of HDL (good) cholesterol in your blood. These actions are important in reducing the risk of hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart attacks, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. With 2005 sales of US$12.9 billion under the brand name Lipitor®, it is currently the biggest selling drug in the world.