I am often asked how I stay so slim. Truth be told, I don’t think about it much! Eating well and getting plenty of rest are the mainstays of my routine. However, I have noticed that certain drugs can help you lose weight even if you take them for other reasons. One such drug is Atorvastatin. Does this medication help you lose weight? Read on to find out more.
Key Facts About Atorvastatin
Atorvastatin is a cholesterol-lowering drug that has been around for a while but recently became extremely popular. It is a member of the statin drug class. Statin drugs are known for reducing cholesterol and preventing heart attacks and strokes. It might not be a stretch to say that many people take statins simply because they want to lose weight (or at least maintain a healthy weight).
The main side effect of Atorvastatin is muscle pain. This is actually a very common side effect of all statins, not just Atorvastatin. However, the good thing about muscle pain is that it is very easy to treat. You just need to take a break from the drug and try to get back on track with the healthy eating and exercise that you need to maintain. In some cases, this side effect can be avoided if you take the right precautions. Talk to your physician about what those are and whether or not they apply to you.
How Does Atorvastatin Work?
Atorvastatin works by inhibiting an enzyme that is necessary for making cholesterol. As a result, there is less cholesterol in the bloodstream. When there is less cholesterol, the body’s supply of cells lining the arteries becomes more accessible for repair. This repair process is called re-endothelialization and leads to a reduction in the risk of heart attacks and strokes. In addition to its cholesterol-lowering effects, Atorvastatin has additional health benefits that have been attributed to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Based on the results of various clinical trials, Atorvastatin is either moderately or highly effective in helping people with impaired lipid profiles lose weight. People with normal lipid profiles – that is, people whose cholesterol levels are within normal limits – do not experience the same benefits from Atorvastatin. There are also other factors such as age, sex, and genetics that play a role in determining whether or not a person will experience weight loss while taking Atorvastatin. Some research even suggests that the medication can increase the risk of diabetes, especially in people with a history of diabetes.
Is Atorvastatin Safe To Take When Pregnant?
Atorvastatin is generally considered to be safe to take during pregnancy. However, some studies have suggested that it might not be the best choice for women who are already obese. If you are obese when you are pregnant, it might be best to choose an alternative drug, such as Rosuvastatin. This is because Atorvastatin has been associated with an increased risk of birth defects. Talk to your physician about what drug would be best for you depending on your particular situation.
Can Atorvastatin Help You Lose Weight?
The jury is still out regarding whether or not Atorvastatin helps people lose weight. However, the research does suggest that it is more effective at reducing cholesterol than most other weight loss medications. In some cases, it has been shown to be more effective than prescription diet pills. This medication is also sometimes prescribed to people who are obese but have normal cholesterol levels. In these situations, it is usually recommended to try and lose weight before taking the medication. Let your physician know if you are planning to take Atorvastatin so that they can monitor your progress and make sure that you are doing okay. Remember, though, that this medication is quite expensive.
Some people have reported good results taking Atorvastatin while others have reported bad results. Many factors can influence the outcome including the strength of the prescription, the dosing schedule, and the presence or absence of other medications that increase or decrease the risk of muscle pain. In some instances, just taking the medication for a short period of time can dramatically improve the quality of life for people who are struggling with obesity or other health problems that are linked to high cholesterol. In other cases, the results are less positive and can include aggravation of the original condition or serious side effects. In these situations, if possible, the medication should be stopped and the patient should try and find another way to relieve the symptoms.