Lovastatin is a lipid-lowering medication (statin). It works by blocking an enzyme (HMG-CoA-reductase) that is required in the body to make cholesterol. It thus lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL).
Inform your doctor if you experience fatigue, muscle weakness or muscle pain.
Your doctor may monitor your liver function before starting the treatment and regularly thereafter. Inform your doctor if you notice signs of liver problem such as yellowing of skin or eyes, unusually dark urine or stomach pains.
Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease or diabetes. If you are diabetic, monitor your blood sugar level regularly as Elstatin may cause an increase in your blood sugar level.
Do not take Elstatin if you are pregnant or planning to conceive.
Cholesterol is a type of fat present in your blood. Your total cholesterol is made up of LDL and HDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is called “bad” cholesterol as it can build up in the wall of your blood vessels and slow or obstruct blood flow to your heart, brain, and other organs. This can cause heart diseases and stroke. HDL cholesterol is called “good” cholesterol as it prevents the bad cholesterol from building up in the blood vessels. Triglycerides also are harmful fats found in your blood.
Q. Is Elstatin a blood thinner or a beta blocker or ACE inhibitor?
No, Elstatin is a statin (lipid-lowering agents) or HMG CoA reductase inhibitor
Q. How Elstatin works?
Elstatin 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 Elstatin safe or is Elstatin bad for you?
Yes. Elstatin is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor
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 Elstatin cause hair loss or dry mouth or weight gain or constipation?
No. Elstatin does not cause hair loss or dry mouth or weight gain or constipation
Q. Does Elstatin cause diabetes or raised blood sugar?
No. Elstatin does not cause diabetes or raised blood sugar
Q. Does Elstatin cause memory loss or headaches?
Yes, memory loss and headache are the side effects of Elstatin.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 13th Jun 2019. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.