Caduet uses are primarily concerned with the treatment of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, such as coronary artery disease, angina, and high blood pressure. It is a combination medicine, containing atorvastatin and amlodipine. The drug is not approved for use in children, and there are no off-label Caduet uses that are universally accepted.
Caduet Uses: An OverviewCaduet® (amlodipine and atorvastatin) is a prescription medication approved to treat several conditions of the heart and blood vessels. It is a combination medication, containing atorvastatin (Lipitor®) and amlodipine (Norvasc®). Each component of the medication has several different uses.
Atorvastatin UsesAtorvastatin is a medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions. These uses include:
- Treatment of high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
- Treatment of high triglycerides
- Prevention of heart or blood vessel disease (known as cardiovascular disease).
High Cholesterol or Triglycerides
Healthcare providers often prescribe atorvastatin to treat high cholesterol in people who cannot lower cholesterol through lifestyle changes alone. The medication can lower total cholesterol and LDL ("bad cholesterol") and increase HDL ("good cholesterol"). Atorvastatin can also lower triglyceride levels in the blood.
Heart and Blood Vessel Disease
Healthcare providers also prescribe atorvastatin to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in people with multiple risk factors. Atorvastatin has been shown to decrease the chances of:
- A heart attack
- Angina (chest pain)
- The need for a heart procedure, such as angioplasty or open heart surgery.
In addition, healthcare providers may recommend atorvastatin for people with type 2 diabetes and other risk factors for heart disease.