... I've read that - to some - it doesn't matter and to others, it's best to take it at bedtime... I'm about to start this medication and I'm trying to figure out this thing when to take it. Thank you!
I suggest you take it at bedtime everyday at the same hour, the reason being is that when you are sleeping, your liver is making the majority of your cholesterol, so theoretically, it would probably be best to be taking your med before you go to bed. That way, your med will be working when most of the cholesterol is being made, helping it be most effective. You can take it with or without food.
My brother who's also a Cardiologist advised me to take my 20mg of Atorvastatin at night.
With regards to the question about dosage versus cholesterol level, yes, ordering a patient to take a higher dosage (often in "mg") is indicative of a higher level of cholesterol that one hopes to control but only when comparing one brand of statin to the same... i.e. 20mg of Atorvastatin versus 40 mg of Atorvastatin. The dosage is also dependant upon how your body reacts to side effects and
- Atorvastatin Information for Consumers
- Atorvastatin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Atorvastatin (detailed)
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