Information about Lovastatin

    Lovastatin uses

    Lovastatin is used in the treatment of increased cholesterol, increased triglycerides and increased LDL levels.

    How lovastatin works

    Lovastatin is a cholesterol-lowering medicine (statins). It works by blocking an enzyme (HMG-CoA-reductase) that is required in the body to make cholesterol. It thus lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).

    Common side effects of lovastatin

    Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, Allergic reaction, Headache, Nausea, Dyspepsia, Nasopharyngitis, Increased liver enzymes, Increased creatine phosphokinase (CPK) level in blood, Diarrhoea, Flatulence, Constipation, Joint swelling, Increased glucose level in blood

    Available Medicine for Lovastatin

    • ₹19 to ₹38
      Indica Laboratories Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹33 to ₹61
      Lupin Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹34 to ₹64
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹80
      Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹43
      RPG Life Sciences Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹35
      Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹25
      Micro Labs Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹103
      Cipla Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹77 to ₹130
      Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹29
      Themis Medicare Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Lovastatin

    • Inform your doctor if you have muscle pain, cramps, weekness, tiredness or dark coloured urine while taking Lovastatin.
    • Lovastatin may increase blood sugar levels. Your doctor may ask to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly.
    • Inform your doctor if you regularly drink a large amount of alcohol.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.

    Frequently asked questions for Lovastatin


    Q. Is Lovastatin a blood thinner or a beta blocker or ACE inhibitor?
    No, Lovastatin is a statin (lipid-lowering agents) or HMG CoA reductase inhibitor
    Q. How Lovastatin works?
    Lovastatin works by blocking an enzyme (HMG CoA) that is needed by the body to make cholesterol, and hence reduces the amount of cholesterol in the blood
    Q. Is Lovastatin safe or is Lovastatin bad for you?
    Yes. Lovastatin is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor
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    Q. Is lovastatin the same as Lipitor (atorvastatin) or simvastatin or pravastatin?
    No, although it belongs to same group of medications called statins
    Q. Can I take lovastatin with ibuprofen or Tylenol?
    No results found for any interaction of lovastatin with ibuprofen or Tylenol, but always consult with your doctor before taking this medication
    Q. Can I take aspirin or niacin with lovastatin?
    No, do not take aspirin or niacin with lovastatin, because they interact with each other
    Q. Does Lovastatin cause hair loss or dry mouth or weight gain or constipation?
    No. Lovastatin does not cause hair loss or dry mouth or weight gain or constipation
    Q. Does Lovastatin cause diabetes or raised blood sugar?
    No. Lovastatin does not cause diabetes or raised blood sugar
    Q. Does Lovastatin cause memory loss or headaches?
    Yes, memory loss and headache are the side effects of Lovastatin.

    Content on this page was last updated on 12 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)