is a brand medication that also goes by the generic names atorvastatin
. It belongs to a class of medications called statins, or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, which work to lower lipids, or fats, in the blood
stream. It works by inhibiting the production of cholesterol in the body. Lower levels of cholesterol can help facilitate the flow of blood, which brings oxygen to your heart
, and other parts of your body. Sortis is used in conjunction with changes in your diet and lifestyle. These changes include a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet, exercise and weight loss
, to help prevent heart disease, angina, strokes, and heart attacks. It is prescribed in tablet form and taken one to three times per day.
Sortis, like all medications, may cause side effects. The most common side effect is constipation
, which usually goes away after your body has time to adjust to the medication. You may also experience abdominal pain, upper respiratory tract infections or headache
. Other very serious side effects include muscle pain
or tenderness, muscle weakness, malaise or flu-like symptoms, fever
, jaundice, pain in the upper right part of the stomach
, loss of appetite
, unusual bleeding or bruising, rash or hives
, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing
, hoarseness, or swelling
of the face, throat, tongue
, hands, feet, or ankles. If you experience any of these reactions to Sortis, call your doctor immediately.
There are some medications and conditions that should be avoided or approached cautiously if you intend to take Sortis, so it is recommended that every effort be made to control high cholesterol with diet and lifestyle changes alone before prescribing Sortis. Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking any other medications, especially antacids, antipyrine, colestipol
, oral contraceptives, blood thinners, or other cholesterol-lowering medications. Your doses may need to be monitored if you are combining Sortis with any of these. If you have liver
disease, if you drink large amount of alcohol, or if you have kidney
disease, your doctor will probably choose to treat you with something besides Sortis. You should avoid drinking alcohol during this treatment since it can make your side effects worse, raise your triglycerides, and possibly damage your liver.
Sortis in in Pregnancy Category X, which means that you should not take it while you are pregnant. It has been shown to cause birth defects, deformities, or even death to developing fetuses. If you are a woman of childbearing age, you must be using an effective form of birth control
, and if you become pregnant while taking Sortis, you should stop taking it immediately. It is not known whether Sortis passes into breast
milk, but other drugs of this class are known to do so, so you should avoid nursing your baby while you are taking Sortis. Sortis is safe and effective for children over the age of ten, and in girls at least a year over the onset of menstruation, but it is not indicated in children younger than that.
Sortis has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of sortis is C33H35FN2O5
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 7-[2-(4-fluorophenyl)-3-phenyl-4-(phenylcarbamoyl)-5- propan-2-yl-pyrrol-1-y l]-3,5-dihydroxy-heptanoic acid
• Molecular weight is 558.64 g/mol
• Sortis available : 10mg tablets, 20mg tablets, 40mg tablets