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Description

What is Lovastatin?

Mevacor is prescribed to decrease the blood levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides, to increase levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL), and to lower triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood). This medication is often used together with a low-fat diet, along with other treatments to help those who cannot lower their cholesterol levels with diet and exercise alone.

You can buy Lovastatin at My Drug Center, called Lovastatin. We currently only have the Lovastatin generic available for purchase.

 

How does Lovastatin work?

Mevacor comes in tablet form for oral administration. It contains the active ingredient Lovastatin and belongs to a group of drugs called statins. The Lovastatin dosage in this medication works by blocking the cholesterol-synthesizing enzyme. that controls the rate of cholesterol production. When this enzyme is blocked, the rate of cholesterol that the liver produces is lowered. By improving cholesterol levels, this medication can help slow the development of heart disease; it can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Directions

Before taking Mevacor or the Lovastatin generic, read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Mevacor orally once a day with a full glass of water. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Mevacor at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Lovastatin dosage in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well. 

Diet and exercise is usually prescribed along side Lipitor to help improve the effect of the medication. It is best to stick to lifestyle change agreed upon your doctor to ensure that Mevacor provides the best treatment.

This medication can interact with several other medications, so it is important that you take it as is prescribed. You should not suddenly stop taking this drug or change your dosage without consulting your doctor first. Stopping this medication suddenly can cause unwanted side effects.

Cautions

Mevacor or the Lovastatin generic may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Mevacor. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to problems with blood flow to the brain, diabetes, heart problems, problems with your nervous system problems, low white blood cell count, problems swallowing, and troubles breathing while asleep. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions or unwanted side effects of Lovastatin.

Before you take Mevacor, tell your doctor if you have seizures, kidney disease, heart disease, high/low blood pressure, thyroid disease, or muscle aches osr weakness.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself

Alcohol use while taking Mevacor can increase the risk of liver damage. Limit or avoid alcohol altogether while taking Mevacor. Additionally you can speak with your doctor regarding the acceptable limits of alcohol while using this medication.

Side Effects

Side effects for Mevacor are:

Constipation, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, gas, heartburn, headache, and mild muscle pain.

More serious Mevacor side effects can be:

Muscle wasting and muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis), confusions or memory problems, fever, dark urine, increased thirst or hunger, drowsiness, loss of appetite, or yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).

If any side effects of Lovastatin become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options

FAQs

What is Lovastatin?

Lovastatin is the generic name for the brand Mevacor, and it is medication, when used along with a proper diet to help lower “bed” cholesterol and fats, and helps raise “good” cholesterol in the blood. The drug is put to work by reducing the amount of cholesterol that is made by the liver, which in turn decreases the risk of heart disease and prevents strokes and heart attacks. In addition to a healthy diet, you may need to change other aspects of your lifestyle to help this medication work at a better rate. These changes include exercising, losing weight (if over weight) and to quit smoking (if you smoke). Lovastatin  only comes in as 20mg and 40mg, and it can be purchased off of My Drug Center with a valid prescription.  If you have any questions regarding these lifestyle changes, you should speak with your doctor regarding the matter.  And if you have any questions for us, feel free to give us a call at 1-877-385-8998.

 

What are the side effects of Lovastatin?

Some of the most common side effects of Mevacor are as follows; pain in the stomach area, nausea, heartburn, constipation, headache, weakness/lack of energy, muscle pain, memory loss and forgetfulness, confusion, and the inability to fall asleep. However, keep in mind that these are not all of the side effects listed for this medication. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your doctor.