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    Lovastatin

    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 lipid-lowering medication (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

    Headache, Stomach pain, Constipation, Feeling sick, Muscle pain, Weakness, Dizziness, Increased glucose level in blood

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    Expert advice for Lovastatin

    • Decreases bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and increases good cholesterol levels.
    • Helps prevent heart attack, stroke and death, especially if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity or a history of smoking.
    • In general, Lovastatin is safe. It may cause diarrhoea, gas, heartburn or an upset stomach. If any of these happen to you, take it with food (preferably half an hour after dinner).
    • Inform your doctor if you have sudden muscle pain, fever, weakness, dark urine or yellow colour in your eyes or skin.
    • Your doctor may ask you to check your blood sugar before and after you start Lovastatin.

    Frequently asked questions for Lovastatin

    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 23 November, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)