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Product Overview

Lovastatin (generic Mevacor)

  • What is lovastatin?
    Lovastatin (generic Mevacor) is a prescription medication that is used to treat high cholesterol. It can also help decrease your odds of experiencing a serious cardiovascular event, like a heart attack or stroke.

    Looking for a safe, effective way to keep your cholesterol levels under control? Talk to your doctor about whether lovastatin is right for you.

  • What are the most common side effects of lovastatin?
    While adverse reactions to atorvastatin are uncommon, some patients who take the drug may experience mild side effects, including cold-like symptoms, joint pain, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, indigestion, nausea, muscle spasms, muscle aches, muscle pain, insomnia, and temporary forgetfulness, memory loss, or confusion.

    Rare, more serious adverse events have been known to occur. Contact your doctor if you are concerned that lovastatin may be causing you to experience any number of side effects.

    This is not a complete list of side effects. For more information regarding precautions and possible side effects, please contact your doctor directly.

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Frequently asked questions about Lovastatin

What is lovastatin?

Lovastatin is a prescription medication that is used in combination with a healthy diet to help lower LDL Cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) and triglycerides and to raise HDL Cholesterol levels (‘good’ cholesterol). Restructuring the cholesterol produced by the body decreases the risk of heart disease and helps to prevent cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks.

Using lovastatin and improving your diet are effective ways to achieve healthy cholesterol levels. However, other lifestyle changes such as getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and abstaining from smoking will help to make this treatment more effective.

What is lovastatin used to treat?

Lovastatin (especially when used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise) is an effective treatment for reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke and decreases the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease.

Lovastatin is also used to slow the worsening of damage to the heart or blood vessels in patients with coronary artery disease and to treat adolescent patients with Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (a genetic condition that causes increased LDL cholesterol at birth and heart attacks at an early age.

How does lovastatin work?

Lovastatin is in a class of medications called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (or statins). HMG-CoA reductase is an enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. Inhibiting this enzyme helps to lower the amount of cholesterol produced by the body. This decreases the amount of cholesterol and lipids that may build up on the walls of the arteries, blocking blood flow to the heart, brain, and other body parts.

What are the most common side effects of lovastatin?

While there are some common side effects associated with lovastatin, it is important to remember that your doctor prescribed this medication because the benefits of keeping your cholesterol at healthy levels outweigh any adverse side effects it may cause. The most common side effects include:

Constipation Memory loss or forgetfulness Confusion

Let your doctor know if you experience any side effects that are serious or don’t go away. Some side effects can be serious. Get immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:

Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness Fatigue Fever Dark colored urine Yellowing of the skin or eyes Pain in the upper right part of the stomach Nausea Unusual bleeding or bruising Loss of appetite Flu-like symptoms Rash Hives Itching Difficulty breathing or swallowing Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs. Hoarseness

Let your doctor know of all allergies you may have as well as a complete list of medications (prescription and over-the-counter), vitamins, and supplements that you’re taking. Many medications do not interact well with lovastatin.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had liver disease or if you have or have ever had seizures, muscle aches or weakness, low blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disease.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking lovastatin, stop taking lovastatin and call your doctor immediately.

For more information regarding precautions and possible side effects, please visit the National Institutes of Health’s DailyMed webpage.

How long does it take for lovastatin to work?

Peak levels will be achieved within 2 hours of taking lovastatin; however, it could take 1 to 2 weeks of regular use before improvements to your cholesterol levels are seen, and up to 4 weeks for the maximal effect.

What is the typical starting dose of lovastatin?

The usual recommended starting dose of lovastatin is 20 mg once a day, given with the evening meal. However the starting dose will be individualized to each patient’s needs depending on severity of their condition and the goal of the therapy. Be sure to take lovastatin only as directed by your physician or pharmacist.

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