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What is Lovastatin used for?

Lovastatin is a cholesterol-lowering medication, which works by blocking the production of cholesterol in the body. Reducing cholesterol helps prevent heart attacks and strokes. Lovastatin reduces bad cholesterol namely low-density lipoprotein. This medication is usually prescribed in cases in whom cholesterol levels could not be lowered by non-drug treatments such as change in diet, increase in exercise, and losing weight if overweight. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Lovastatin?

The dosage of Lovastatin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Lovastatin?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Lovastatin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Lovastatin?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Lovastatin, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Lovastatin?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Lovastatin.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Lovastatin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Lovastatin can interact with oral contraceptives, antidepressants, antacids, AIDS medicines, blood thinners, certain azole antifungals, certain macrolide antibiotics, and grapefruit.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Lovastatin?

Like other medicines, Lovastatin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Lovastatin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Lovastatin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Lovastatin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Lovastatin can cause side effects such as diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, heartburn, insomnia, mild stomach pain, nausea, and constipation. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are yellowing of eyes and skin, difficulty breathing, dark urine, and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Lovastatin.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Lovastatin?

Is it possible for me to take Lovastatin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Lovastatin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Lovastatin?
How will Lovastatin work in my body?
How should Lovastatin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Lovastatin drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before taking Lovastatin, inform your doctor if you have kidney disease, diabetes or a muscle disorder. This medicine should not be used during pregnancy or while nursing. Avoid eating foods that are high in fat. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Lovastatin.


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