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Lipid 20mg Tablet

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Atorvastatin(20.0 Mg)
Therapeutic classification
Hypolipidemic Drugs

Medical Description

The medicine is a type of hypolipidemic/statin medicine that is used to decrease the levels of low density lipoproteins (LDL) in the body. The generic name of this medicine is atorvastatin.

Uses of Lipid 20mg Tab

The uses of Lipid 20mg Tab include the lowering of LDL in individuals with high cholesterol, high triglyceride levels and cardiovascular diseases. It is also used in the prevention of stroke in individuals with heart conditions.
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Contraindications of Lipid 20mg Tab

  • Abnormal liver tests and liver diseases such as jaundice or hepatitis
  • Pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers
  • Allergic reaction to this medicine or other medicines belonging to the statin group of medicines

Side effects of Lipid 20mg Tab

  • Common side effects of Lipid 20mg Tab include bleeding in nose, throat pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, headache, joints and muscles pain, back pain, nightmares, inability to sleep, fatigue, dizziness, numbness in fingers, itching and rash
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  • Major side effect of this medicine is rhabdomyolysis (abnormal muscle breakdown with severe muscle pain)
  • Severe illness with peeling and swelling of the skin, mouth, eyes, and genitals along with blisters on the palms of hands or soles of feet are also observed in some cases

Precautions and Warnings of Lipid 20mg Tab


Can I take Lipid 20mg Tab during pregnancy?
The medicine should not be taken during pregnancy or while planning a pregnancy as it can lead to severe complications.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Lipid 20mg Tab while breastfeeding?
The medicine should not be used during breastfeeding as it is deemed unsafe.


Can I drive if I have consumed Lipid 20mg Tab?
Yes, you can drive after its consumption. This medicine does not affect the individual's ability to drive.


Can I consume alcohol with Lipid 20mg Tab?
Alcohol intake during the treatment with this medicine can cause liver damage. Therefore, it should be avoided.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
You have cardiovascular diseases, liver or kidney disorders, are on a prescription of fusidic acid and you have taken it in the last seven days, or are suffering from muscle-related disorders or had a family history of the same.
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Mode of Action of Lipid 20mg Tab

How Does It Work?

The composition of Lipid 20mg Tab acts by hindering the activity of the HMG-CoA reductase, the enzyme which is involved in the formation of cholesterol. Therefore, the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) in the body are lowered and that of the good cholesterol are increased.
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Directions for Use of Lipid 20mg Tab

This medicine has to be swallowed whole with water with or without food. It should be taken as instructed by the physician.

Interactions of Lipid 20mg Tab

Interactions with other medicines

  • This medicine should not be taken with fusidic acid or within seven days of stopping fusidic acid as it can cause a serious side effect of muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis)
  • While being on the prescription of amiodarone, diltiazem or verapamil, the lowest dose of this medicine should be prescribed to the individual
  • When this medicine is taken along with gemfibrozil, colestipol, ezetimibe and other cholesterol-lowering medicines, the risk of muscle breakdown is increased
  • The levels of this medicine in the blood are elevated further resulting in serious side effects when this medicine is taken in combination with medicines like itraconazole, voriconazole, clarithromycin, cyclosporine, ketoconazole, erythromycin, clarithromycin, telithromycin, ritonavir, lopinavir, atazanavir, indinavir, darunavir and tipranavir
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  • This medicine should not be taken with medicines used in the treatment of hepatitis such as glecaprevir or pibrentasvir

Interactions with food items

The intake of grapefruit juice should be limited during the treatment with this medicine. Abstaining from food with high-fat content will be effective in achieving the desired results of this medicine.
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Other general Interactions

Individuals with a history of muscular problems like rhabdomyolysis or who had or are having liver or kidney disorders are advised to report their respective conditions to the doctor before starting the treatment with this medicine.
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Storage and disposal of Lipid 20mg Tab

This medicine should be stored at room temperature and as instructed on the label. It should not be used after the expiry date and it should be discarded properly via proper waste management methods advised by your pharmacist.
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Dosage of Lipid 20mg Tab


The overdose of the medicine can lead to dizziness, muscular breakdown, lack of appetite and increased allergic reactions. An overdose should be immediately reported to your doctor.

Missed a Dose

In case you have missed any dose, it should be taken as soon as you realise it. If it is time for the impending dose, then the missed dose should be skipped and the regular dosing schedule should be followed. Extra medicine should not be taken for compensation of the missed dose.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What are the general precautions to be taken during treatment with the medicine?

A: The medicine is used for lowering the LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the body. During the treatment with this medicine, avoid eating food with high-fat content and exercise regularly to achieve the effective results.

Q: What are the things to keep in mind during treatment with atorvastatin?

A: The doctor may closely monitor and test the individual for diabetes or a risk of developing diabetes during the treatment. The risk is high in individuals who are overweight and regularly have a diet with too much fat content.

Q: When and how should I use the medicine?

A: The dosage of Lipid 20mg Tab should be followed exactly as prescribed by the doctor. The tablet has to be swallowed with water and should be preferably taken at the same time everyday. The dose adjustments, if any, are to be done by the doctor only.

Q: What are things to be discussed with the doctor before consumption of atorvastatin?

A: The doctor should be informed if you have been taking fusidic acid prior to the treatment with this medicine. He/she should also be informed about any kidney or liver disorders. A family history of muscle problems or any current condition involving muscle ache or issues with other cholesterol-lowering medicines should be discussed.

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Last Updated on: 31 Jul 2020 | 07:00 PM (IST)
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