Pharmacology Comic Strip

Pharmacology Comic Strip

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  • Mr. Jones is being informed of his lab results ...... 
  • Oh no!
  • Mr. Jones , it seems your LDL cholesterol is elevated which increases your risk for coronary heart disease  
  • Lab
  • Mr Jones learns of his new medication ..... 
  • Thats a relief! How does the medication do that??
  • The doctor has ordered a very common antilipemic drug named Atorvastatin which will help lower the bad LDL levels and increase the good HDL levels!
  • Rx
  • Mr. Jones is learning how the medication works .....
  • Sounds like the solution to my problem!
  • I'm glad you asked! HMG-CoA is an enzyme needed by the liver for cholesterol synthesis. This medication inhibits that enzyme decreasing the cholesterol production! 
  • Well, you'll need some lifestyle changes also. You will have to remain on a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet and moderate exercise! Also, please limit grapefruit juice.
  • Mr Jones is instructed on how to take the medicine and what to expect
  • How should I take it? 
  • Great question! It is best taken at bedtime with 6-8oz of water or with an evening meal to minimize stomach upset.  Adverse effects are fairly uncommon. However you may experience abdominal pain, rash, and headache
  • Mr. Jones learns about what serious effects he must watch out for....
  • I will definitely let Dr. Miller know! Thank you for telling me.
  • If you experience any muscle pain, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), change in urine color, fever, nausea, vomiting and or general discomfort (malaise) please report to your physician immediately!
  • Mr. Jones shows eagerness to adhere and understands the regimen ....
  • No, you have been very helpful. I will begin taking this regularly and start working on my diet!
  • Sounds wonderful Mr. Jones! We should see an improvement within 6-8 weeks. We will schedule a follow up around then!
  • Before you go, do you have any questions for me? 
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