Atorvastatin is the name of the medication. It comes in the form of a tablet, and should be taken by mouth. It belongs to a class of medications called Statin.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. If you have too much cholesterol in your blood, it can stick to the walls of your arteries. It can narrow them or even block them. High cholesterol (also called hyperlipidemia) is a serious condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems.
Atorvastatin belongs to a group of medications called Statins. It works by slowing the production of cholesterol in the body. Together with diet, exercise, and weight-loss it can reduce your cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
This medication comes as a tablet. You should put it in your mouth and swallow it with a glass of water. Do not chew, break or crush it. Swallow it whole.
Don't take this medication if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Tell you physician if you are pregnant. Studies showed that mothers using the medication during pregnancy may have babies with problems related to the medicine and there are no situations where the medication can help the mother or baby enough to make the risk of problems worth it. This medication should never be used by pregnant women.
Read more about Atorvastatin 40mg on the FDA website.