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Use & Dosage Information

Medically reviewed by Jessica Swirble, PharmD
Last updated on 5/1/24

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What is the typical starting dose for atorvastatin?

Atorvastatin is available in various forms:

  • Oral tablets (10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg, 80 mg)

The typical starting dose of atorvastatin can vary based on several factors, including the patient's lipid levels, cardiovascular risk factors, and overall health status. It is crucial to adhere to your healthcare provider's guidance regarding dosage and administration.

For adults with high cholesterol or lipid disorders, the typical starting doses may be:

  • 10 mg to 20 mg taken orally once daily, usually in the evening.

For individuals with a high risk of cardiovascular events or those requiring more aggressive cholesterol management, the starting dose may be higher, such as:

  • 40 mg or 80 mg taken orally once daily, as determined by your healthcare provider.

Your healthcare provider will evaluate your lipid profile, medical history, and other relevant factors to determine the most suitable dose for you.

Atorvastatin should be taken exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not exceed the recommended dose or alter the treatment duration without consulting your provider.

If you have any questions about your dosage, contact your healthcare provider. If you want to talk to a provider right away, book an online doctor appointment on Sesame to discuss your concerns.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. If your next dose of atorvastatin is less than 12 hours away, skip the missed dose and take your next dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose of atorvastatin.

What do I do if I'm feeling better?

Do not discontinue or alter your atorvastatin dosage without consulting with your healthcare provider. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions regarding dosing and other recommendations for taking atorvastatin.

How should I store atorvastatin?

Store atorvastatin as directed by your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Proper storage is essential to maintain the medication's effectiveness. Atorvastatin should be stored at room temperature, away from excessive heat, light, and moisture.

Keep the medication out of the reach of children and ensure that the container is tightly closed.