Hello viewers and welcome to Never Miss a Dose, Echo’s weekly look inside the medicine cabinet of the nation. In this series, we’ll take a look at the most commonly prescribed medication in the UK, what they’re used to treat and how best to take them. We’ll also do a demonstration at the end of each episode – it’s worth waiting for! 🎈

In the second episode in our six-part series on the UK’s 6 most common drugs for (long term) repeat prescription, Chief Pharmacist, Alistair Murray gives us a brief rundown on the key facts on atorvastatin – which you may also know as simply ‘statins’. Not sure what cholesterol is or how it affects the body? Alistair gives us a full demonstration – complete with confetti balloons.

Today we’ll answer:
*What atorvastatin is
*What is cholesterol?
*The difference between good and bad cholesterol
*How statins treat high cholesterol
*Possible side effects of taking a statin
*How cholesterol travels around the body and what a healthy amount of cholesterol looks like

For more information on how and when to take atorvastatin, including the facts on atorvastatin and alcohol, and atorvastatin and muscle issues, take a look at Alistair’s blog post here: https://www.echo.co.uk/blog/what-is-atorvastatin

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For more information on atorvastatin and cholesterol, we always recommend checking out the NHS website:


If you’d like to learn a little more on how to lower your cholesterol, maintain a healthy weight, or make some improvements to your diet, the NHS is on hand with a wealth of information:


Lastly, if you’d like to learn more about heart health, we recommend checking out Heart UK:

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Who is Alistair?

Alistair Murray – MRPharmS
Chief Pharmacist- Echo Pharmacy

Alistair is a seasoned healthcare professional with over 20 years’ experience working with community and digital pharmacy, third-level education and the NHS. He completed his pharmacy training at Boots and spent 15 years as a pharmacist working in community pharmacies and GP surgeries before joining the founding team of Echo in 2015. He is an honorary lecturer at UCL and the University of Nottingham, the latter where he received his masters in pharmacy.

Alistair is passionate about adherence and making sure that people are making informed choices when it comes to their health.

With a penchant for fancy dress, Alistair can also be found explaining the world of pharmacy and tweeting at https://twitter.com/murristair

This video is for informational use only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Echo Pharmacy has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult your GP, a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.