What Is Amlodipine and Atorvastatin Used For?
Amlodipine and atorvastatin is used for conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, such as coronary artery disease, angina, and high blood pressure. It works by helping the heart to pump blood better and by affecting cholesterol absorption in the body. The drug is not approved for use in children, and there are currently no off-label amlodipine and atorvastatin uses that are universally accepted.
What Is Amlodipine and Atorvastatin Used For? -- An OverviewAmlodipine and atorvastatin (Caduet®) is a prescription medication approved to treat several conditions of the heart and blood vessels. It is a combination medication, containing, as the name implies, atorvastatin (Lipitor®) and amlodipine (Norvasc®). Each component of the medication has several different uses.
Atorvastatin UsesAtorvastatin is a medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions. These uses include:
- Treatment of high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
- Treatment of high triglycerides
- Prevention of heart or blood vessel disease (known as cardiovascular disease).
High Cholesterol or Triglycerides
Healthcare providers often prescribe atorvastatin to treat high cholesterol in people who cannot lower cholesterol through lifestyle changes alone. The medication can lower total cholesterol and LDL ("bad cholesterol") and increase HDL ("good cholesterol"). Atorvastatin can also lower triglyceride levels in the blood.
Heart and Blood Vessel Disease
Healthcare providers also prescribe atorvastatin to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in people with multiple risk factors. Atorvastatin has been shown to decrease the chances of:
- A heart attack
- Angina (chest pain)
- The need for a heart procedure, such as angioplasty or open heart surgery.
In addition, healthcare providers may recommend atorvastatin for people with type 2 diabetes and other risk factors for heart disease.