You can stay on Zarator, your cholesterol management medicine.* Prices vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. Please ask the pharmacist to confirm the price for you.
You may have been taking a medicine called Zarator to help lower your cholesterol. Well, from November 1st, 2016, the government funding provided for this medicine will start changing. This might mean you will be offered another generic version instead. But you still have a choice of what medicine you take. To help you discuss the choices with your GP and/or Pharmacist, download our free guide below.
*Prices vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. Please ask your pharmacist to confirm the price for you.
Download our free information guide to help you discuss your medicine choices with your GP or Pharmacist.
Zarator contains 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg or 80 mg of atorvastatin. It is used to lower high cholesterol and lipid levels in addition to dietary measures. It also helps reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. A pharmacy charge and normal doctor’s fees apply. Zarator is a funded prescription medicine. Zarator has risks and benefits. Consult your doctor to see if Zarator is right for you and use only as directed. Do not take Zarator if you have an allergy to atorvastatin, any of the other tablet ingredients, are taking fusidic acid, have active liver disease, are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, are breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you have or have had liver problems, kidney problems, muscle pain, tenderness or weakness, a recent stroke, breathing problems, drink alcohol regularly, are taking other medicines or drink grapefruit juice. Common side effects include headache, stomach pain or wind, heartburn, indigestion, nausea (feeling sick), constipation, diarrhoea, muscle and joint pain, muscle weakness, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, nose bleeds, urinary tract infection, abnormal liver function tests, raised blood sugar levels. Serious side effects include temporary paralysis or weakness of muscles, rash and allergic reaction. If you experience any side effects see your doctor or pharmacist. Further information on Zarator is available from www.medsafe.govt.nz or Pfizer New Zealand Limited, Auckland, www.pfizer.co.nz. Ph. 0800 736 363. V10716. Level 1, Suite 1.4, Building B, 8 Nugent Street, Grafton, Auckland 1023. TAPS NA 8484 PP-EFF-NZL-0017, SPITFIRE 07/16..