Lipvas is the brand name under which Cipla Limited sells the lipid-lowering drug Atorvastatin. Studies show that along with a proper diet, Atorvastatin decreases LDL, triglycerides and raises HDL or the "good" cholesterol.
Through the rest of this article, we will take a deeper look into the uses, side effects, risks, and some common myths associated with Lipvas.
Discovered in 1985 by Bruce Roth, Atorvastatin belongs to the statin class of drugs. Atorvastatin is marketed under other brand names Lipitor and Atorva.
When used as an adjunct to proper diet and exercise, Atorvastatin produces good results in controlling cholesterol and fat levels. Lipvas 10 contains 10mg of Atorvastatin.
- Lipvas decreases the risk of heart disease.
- It also decreases the risk of having a stroke or heart attack in patients with diabetes.
- Lipvas is used to treat heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia in adolescents.
It also reduces the progressive decline of kidney function in people with cardiovascular disease.
How does Lipvas work?
Lipvas blocks 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A or HMG-CoA reductase in the liver. This property reduces production and aids in the removal of bad cholesterol in the body.
Your cholesterol level usually starts going down in about two weeks.
Lipvas may cause some common side effects such as,
- muscle pain
- joint ache
Severe side effects due to Lipvas are rare. However, the reported severe issues include,
Type 2 diabetes mellitus: seen in very few people.
Memory loss and confusion: rarely reported.
Liver damage and increased creatinine levels.
Allergic reactions: Lipvas can cause severe allergic reactions like
- swelling of the face, tongue, or throat
- breathing difficulty
- swelling or peeling of skin
- blistering of the mouth, genitals, or skin
- rash or hives
Bleeding or Bruising
The risk of developing any severe side effect is heavily outweighed by the benefits that Lipvas can produce.
Risks to consider
- Allergic reactions: Lipvas may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions.
- If you have a history of liver disease or kidney disease, talk to your doctor.
- Older adults may be prone to its side effects.
- Avoid Lipvas if you are pregnant. Atorvastatin can harm the baby, so discuss with your doctor if you plan on having a child.
- Consuming alcohol while on Lipvas might cause severe liver problems.
- It can interact with a wide array of medications, some may even have serious repercussions. Discuss with your doctor about all medications you take.
- If you are having surgery, inform your doctor or dentist about Lipvas.
Being one of the most popular drugs to lower cholesterol, Lipvas or Atorvastatin often finds itself at the end of heated debates over its efficacy and the "harms" it causes.
Let's take a look into some common myths and separate fact from fiction.
Myth #1. Atorvastatin causes cancer.
Apart from urban myths, no convincing evidence links Atorvastatin usage to cancer. On the contrary, studies show that Atorvastatin may have a protective effect against some types of cancer. In type 2 diabetes patients consuming statins, the risk of contracting cancer decreased drastically.
Myth #2. Atorvastatin causes drowsiness
Atorvastatin does not induce sleep. Talk to your doctor about other meds that you consume.
Myth #3. Atorvastatin causes Erectile Dysfunction.
False: Atorvastatin may in fact improve erectile function due to reduced cholesterol levels. It also aids in the recovery of erectile function in men after prostate surgeries.
Lipvas 10 is an effective medication to control and manage cholesterol levels. Discuss about the risks, side effects and any other concerns you may have to your doctor. If your doctor prescribed you Lipvas, it is probably because they have deemed it more beneficial to you than the harm it might cause. Have a good day.