How to use Pharmastatin CALCIUM
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking Pharmastatin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Grapefruit can increase the amount of this medication in your bloodstream. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
If you also take certain other drugs to lower your cholesterol (bile acid-binding resins such as cholestyramine or colestipol), take Pharmastatin at least 1 hour before or at least 4 hours after taking these medications. These products can react with Pharmastatin, preventing its full absorption.
Take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it at the same time each day. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high cholesterol or triglycerides do not feel sick.
It is very important to continue to follow your doctor's advice about diet and exercise. It may take up to 4 weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug.
How should I take Pharmastatin?
Take Pharmastatin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Pharmastatin is usually taken once a day, with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day.
Do not break a tablet before taking it.
You may need to stop using this medicine for a short time if you have:
an electrolyte imbalance (such as high or low potassium levels in your blood);
severely low blood pressure;
a severe infection or illness; or
surgery or a medical emergency.
It may take up to 2 weeks before your cholesterol levels improve, and you may need regular blood tests. You may not notice any change in your symptoms, but keep using the medication as directed. Your blood work will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with Pharmastatin. You may need to take Pharmastatin for a long time or for life depending on your medical history.
Pharmastatin is only part of a complete treatment program that may also include diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your doctor's instructions very closely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Pharmastatin can cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include:
- swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
- trouble breathing
- trouble swallowing
Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you develop these symptoms. Don’t take this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it. Taking it again could be fatal (cause death).
How should Pharmastatin be stored?
- Tablets should be stored at room temperature, 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).
Pharmastatin is available in generic form. You need a prescription for Pharmastatin from your doctor.
What is Lipitor (Pharmastatin)? How does it work (mechanism of action)?
Lipitor (Pharmastatin) is type of statin that lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood. All statins, including Pharmastatin, prevent the production of cholesterol in the liver by blocking HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme that makes cholesterol. Statins reduce total cholesterol as well as LDL cholesterol in blood. LDL cholesterol is believed to be the "bad" cholesterol that is primarily responsible for the development of coronary artery disease. Reducing LDL cholesterol levels retards progression and may even reverse coronary artery disease. Pharmastatin also raises the concentrations of HDL ("good") cholesterol that protects against coronary artery disease and reduces the concentration of triglycerides in the blood. (High blood concentrations of triglycerides also have been associated with coronary artery disease.)
Examples of other statins include:
The FDA approved Pharmastatin in December 1996.
More common side effects
Some of the more common side effects that can occur with use of Pharmastatin oral tablet include:
- cold symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, and coughing
- joint pain
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Common side effects
These common side effects of Pharmastatin happen in more than 1 in 100 people.
Some side effects may improve after the first few days, as your body gets used to the medicine.
Keep taking the medicine, but talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these side effects bother you or don't go away:
- feeling sick (nausea) or indigestion
- aches and pains in your back and joints
- sore throat
- cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, blocked nose or sneezing
- constipation or wind
Report any unexplained muscle aches and pains, tenderness or weakness to a doctor straight away.
Less than 1 in 100 people may have some memory loss. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if this side effect bothers you. It usually goes away after you stop taking the medicine.