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Which statin can be crushed?

Atorvastatin – can be crushed and mixed with water though not very soluble so should be flushed well after administration to avoid blocking enteral feeding tube. According to mayo clinic site, Lipitor (and I would assume atorvastatin) should not be crushed.

Are there any statin capsules that are uncoated? They are film-coated and may taste bitter or unpleasant. Can be crushed and/or dispersed in water or crushed and given with soft food. They are uncoated. May be opened, although 20mg capsules are small and fiddly, and dispersed in water or given with soft food.

Are there any statins that should not be split? Keep in mind that some statins should never be split—combination medications such as Liptruzet (atorvastatin/ezetimibe), Advicor (lovastatin/niacin) or Vytorin (simvastatin/ezetimibe) and time-release drugs, such as Altoprev (lovastatin sustained-release tablets), or Lescol XL (fluvastatin sustained-release tablets).

Is it OK to take fluvastatin capsules uncoated? Can be crushed and/or dispersed in water or crushed and given with soft food. They are uncoated. May be opened, although 20mg capsules are small and fiddly, and dispersed in water or given with soft food. Note: Fluvastatin modified-release tablets must not be crushed and are not suitable in swallowing difficulties.

Why do they crush tablets in the hospital? A common reason for crushing a tablet or capsule is for use by a hospitalized patient with an enteral feeding tube.

What are the side effects of not taking a statin?

What are the side effects of not taking a statin? Muscle pain is one of the most common side effects associated with statins. Many patients who can’t take statins will take non-statin drugs like ezetimibe and PCSK9 inhibitors. Since their treatment options are limited, supplements may help further reduce cholesterol levels.

Are there any supplements that help with statin side effects? Sometimes, taking a combination of cholesterol drugs can provide the same result with lower doses of statins. Try coenzyme Q10 supplements. Coenzyme Q10 supplements may help prevent statin side effects in some people, though more studies are needed to determine any benefits of taking it.

Are there any drug interactions with statins over the counter? Statins are commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol levels. However, they also have the potential for drug interactions with many common over-the-counter and prescription medications and some supplements.

Are there any non statin drugs for LDL cholesterol? Posted on January 30, 2013. Aside from Zetia there haven’t been any good non-statin options for lowering LDL Cholesterol. Statin drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin) and Crestor work well to lower the “bad” cholesterol, the LDL, and have remained first line therapy for many years.