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Atorvastatin 20mg Tablets

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Atorvastatin Tablets (10mg, 20mg, & 40mg)

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Order before 3pm for delivery from Fri. 30 Jul and Mon. 02 Aug.

Atorvastatin Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: N/A

    Breastfeeding: N/A

Atorvastatin tablets are prescribed to help treat high cholesterol. This treatment is most effective when combined with exercise and a healthy diet. You will likely begin by taking 20mg of Atorvastatin each day; your GP will adjust this prescription depending on your needs and cholesterol level. Atorvastatin is available in strengths of 10mg, 20mg, 40mg & 80mg.

Having high cholesterol can potentially have serious health implications. If left untreated, the condition can lead to heart attack and stroke. Having high cholesterol doesn’t necessarily present with any external symptoms, which is why it is important to aware of your cholesterol levels. In many cases, high cholesterol can be attributed to lifestyle choices. For example, diets rich in fatty foods and alcohol will likely raise your cholesterol levels. Also, a lack of exercise can also help raise your cholesterol levels. Alternatively, high cholesterol can be the result of a preexisting medical condition, such as diabetes. Some people may be more prone to having high cholesterol problems because of their genes – having a close family member with the condition will increase your chances of developing high cholesterol.  

Cholesterol isn’t always bad. At lower levels, the substance plays an essential role within the bloodstream. High-density lipoprotein (HDL), or ‘good’ cholesterol, is responsible for transporting fats throughout the body. This action is required so that cells and tissues can receive the nutrients they need to grow. However, the HDL required to perform these duties is already produced naturally in the liver. When cholesterol levels in the blood start to increase, due to poor diet and other lifestyle factors,  these fatty substances begin to clump together. These sticky clumps can cause blockages that inhibit the flow of blood through the body. This is known as low-density lipoprotein or ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Atorvastatin actively works to reduce the activity of an enzyme found in the liver. This enzyme is responsible for producing cholesterol. So, by inhibiting this enzyme's action, the overall cholesterol levels in the body are reduced. This will result in a decreased risk of developing circulatory problems.

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  • Fast delivery - order before 3pm and receive your treatment as quickly as the next day
  • Free online consultation service with one of our registered doctors & pharmacists
  • Discreet packaging & confidential service - we don't include any branding or pharmacy logo on our packaging meaning you can get your treatment delivered anywhere
  • Only proven prescription medication available
  • Approved by the National Pharmacy Association and Care Quality Commission.

Non-prescription alternatives for treating high cholesterol are;

  • Becoming more active
  • Adjusting your diet to avoid foods that are high in saturated fats and generally eating healthier
  • Aspirin can help prevent blood clotting and help lower cholesterol
  • Giving up smoking
  • Reducing alcohol intake
*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Atorvastatin tablets should be taken whole with a sip of water. You will be advised to take one per day. If you stop taking Atorvastatin, your body will likely resume producing large quantities of cholesterol, which may lead to complications. So, it must be taken long-term.

Atorvastatin is most effective if combined with regular exercise and a healthy diet. Prescription medicines should be only one part of a healthy lifestyle.

Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Atorvastatin, however, if you do they can include:

Inflamed nasal passages, sore throat, bloody nose, allergic reactions, increase in blood sugar levels, increase in creatine kinase in the blood, headache, vomiting, digestive problems including nausea, diarrhoea, and indigestion, pain in the joints, muscles or back, abnormal liver function.

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

The active ingredient contained in Atorvastatin is atorvastatin calcium.

The tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:

Tablet core – Sodium hydroxide,Sodium laurilsulfate, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Lactose monohydrate, Microcrystalline cellulose, Croscarmellose sodium, Crospovidone, Magnesium stearate.

Film coating – Polyvinyl alcohol, Titanium dioxide (E171), Macrogol 3000, Talc.

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product:

Atorvastatin is unsuitable for you if:

  • You are allergic to Atorvastatin, to any of its inactive ingredients, or to any similar medicines
  • You have a history of liver disease
  • You are a woman able to have children but not using regular contraception
  • You are breastfeeding, pregnant, or may become pregnant.

Atorvastatin may be unsuitable for you if:         

  • You have had a stroke
  • You have any kidney problems
  • You have hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid gland)
  • You have a personal or family history of muscular problems
  • You frequently consume large amounts of alcohol
  • You are over the age of 70
  • You have respiratory problems.

Before taking Atorvastatin, inform your GP if any of the above apply to you. They will perform a blood test before your treatment to assess your risk of potential side effects. You may also require further blood tests during your treatment.

Some other medicines may interact with Atorvastatin. This could impact the effectiveness of either (or both) of the medicines. Otherwise, the combination could increase your risk of certain side effects. These medicines include:

  • Immunosuppressant drugs (Ciclosporin)
  • Certain antibiotic or antifungal agents (erythromycin, clarithromycin, ketoconazole, telithromycin, itraconazole, fluconazole, voriconazole, posaconazole, rifampin, fusidic acid)
  • Other medicines which regulate lipid levels (gemfibrozil, colestipol, other fibrates)
  • Calcium channel blockers which treat angina or high blood pressure (amlodipine, diltiazem)
  • Medicines which regulate the rhythm of the heart (digoxin, amiodarone, verapamil)
  • HIV medicines (ritonavir, atazanavir, lopinavir, indinavir, darunavir)
  • Anticoagulants (warfarin)
  • Ezetimibe (for cholesterol)
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Stiripentol (for epilepsy)
  • Phanazone
  • Antacids
  • Cimetidine (for heartburn and ulcers)
  • Other medicines acquired with no prescription.

The above list is not exhaustive. Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I take Atorvastatin?

    Atorvastatin should be taken once daily. The tablets can be taken either with or without food, day or night. It is recommended to take your dose at roughly the same time each day.

  • What is the difference between the different statins?

    The primary difference in the degree in which they lower cholesterol. Statins can be divided into two groups:

    • Low-intensity statins, including; pravastatin and simvastatin
    • High-intensity statins, including; atorvastatin and rosuvastatin

    For most people, a low-intensity statin will be enough to control their cholesterol. However, if it is proving ineffective, a higher-intensity statin can be used instead.

  • How long do I need to take Atorvastatin for?

    Statins are only effective for as long as you are taking them so you will likely need to take them for the rest of your life.

  • How can I tell if my Atorvastatin is working?

    You will require a blood test to check your blood cholesterol levels. After starting a statin, it usually takes around 6 weeks for cholesterol levels to stabilise. On this basis, most doctors will re-check your cholesterol after approximately 8 weeks. Thereafter, you should have a checkup annually, or more often if your doctor thinks it necessary.

  • How will taking Atorvastatin help me?

    Taking Atorvastatin can significantly delay the onset of atherosclerosis, which is a narrowing of the arteries. This will reduce the likelihood of suffering a serious cardiac event, such as a heart attack or stroke.

  • Is Atorvastatin better than other statins?

    All statins work relatively in the same way and they all share the same side effects. However, each person is different and individual responses to the same drug can vary.

    If your cholesterol levels do not change after starting a statin, your doctor may wish to increase your dose or alternatively,  try a different drug altogether.

  • How do I know which statin is right for me?

    The most effective cholesterol treatment can rely on a number of factors. Before your doctor prescribes any prescription medicine, they will first look at several things, including; family history, your risk of heart disease, and your current lifestyle. In most cases, a change in diet and exercise are usually attempted prior to pharmaceutical intervention. If these changes do not have the desired effect, you may be prescribed a medication to help the process along.  

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Andy Boysan


Published on: 09-01-2017

Last modified on: 09-01-2019

Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

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Dr Donald Grant

MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP Dip.orth.med

Reviewed on: 09-01-2021

Next review date: 09-01-2023

Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

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