Always take this medicine exactly as advised by the doctor. Check with the doctor or pharmacist if unsure.
The recommended dose in adults is: If the patient is taking CELMANTIN for high cholesterol: Starting dose: The treatment with CELMANTIN must start with the 5-mg or the 10-mg dose, even if the patient has taken a higher dose of a different statin before. The choice of the start dose will depend upon: The cholesterol level; The level of risk the patient has of experiencing a heart attack or stroke; Whether there is a factor that may make the patient more sensitive to possible side effects.
Check with the doctor or pharmacist which start dose of CELMANTIN will be most suitable.
The doctor may decide to give the lowest dose (5 mg) if: Of Asian origin (Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean and Indian); Over 70 years of age; Moderate kidney problems are present; At risk of muscle aches and pains (myopathy).
Increasing the dose and maximum daily dose: The doctor may decide to increase the dose. This is so that the patient is taking the right amount of CELMANTIN. If the patient started with a 5-mg dose, the doctor may decide to double this to 10 mg, then 20 mg and then 40 mg if necessary. If the patient started on 10 mg, the doctor may decide to double this to 20 mg and then 40 mg if necessary. There will be a gap of four weeks between every dose adjustment.
The maximum daily dose of CELMANTIN is 40 mg. It is only for patients with high cholesterol levels and a high risk of heart attacks or stroke whose cholesterol levels are not lowered enough with 20 mg.
If the patient is taking CELMANTIN to reduce the risk of having a heart attack, stroke or related health problems: The recommended dose is 20 mg daily. However, the doctor may decide to use a lower dose if the patient has any of the factors previously mentioned.
Taking the tablets: Swallow each tablet whole with a drink of water.
Take CELMANTIN once daily. It can be taken at any time of the day.
Try to take the tablet at the same time every day to help in remembering it.
Regular cholesterol checks: It is important to go back to the doctor for regular cholesterol checks to make sure the cholesterol has reached and is staying at the correct level.
The doctor may decide to increase the dose so that the patient is taking the right amount of CELMANTIN.
If the patient forgets to take CELMANTIN: Don't worry, just take the next scheduled dose at the correct time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If the patient stops taking CELMANTIN: Talk to the doctor if taking CELMANTIN wants to be stopped. The cholesterol levels might increase again if taking CELMANTIN is stopped.
If there are any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask the doctor or pharmacist.