Mr. Jones is being informed of his lab results ......
Mr. Jones , it seems your LDL cholesterol is elevated which increases your risk for coronary heart disease
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!
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!