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Brand Name Mevacor
Generic Name Lovastatin
Category Hypercholesterolemia
Medication 10, 20 and 40 mg

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What is Lovastatin (Generic Mevacor) and what are its uses?
How does Lovastatin (Generic Mevacor) treat?
Dosage: How should you take Lovastatin (Generic Mevacor)?
Effect of other drugs consumed with Lovastatin (Generic Mevacor)
What should you watch for while taking Lovastatin (Generic Mevacor)?
Possible Side effects of Lovastatin (Generic Mevacor)

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What is Lovastatin (Generic Mevacor) and what are its uses?

Mevacor (Lovastatin) blocks the body's ability to make cholesterol.

Mevacor can help lower blood cholesterol for patients who are at risk of getting heart disease or a stroke. Mevacor is only for patients whose cholesterol level is not controlled by diet. It is not a cure.

How does Lovastatin (Generic Mevacor) treat?

Mevacor exerts its mechanism of action by decreasing the rate at which cholesterol is formed in the body.

Mevacor inhibits the synthesis of cholesterol in the liver. The liver thereby needs to acquire the cholesterol from the blood stream. Mevacor makes this possible by increasing LDL receptors. Mevacor also may help draw cholesterol to the liver for excretion.

Mevacor lowers overall blood cholesterol as well as blood LDL cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol is believed to be the "bad" cholesterol that is primarily responsible for the development of coronary artery disease. Lowering LDL cholesterol levels retards progression and may even reverse coronary artery disease.

Dosage: How should you take Lovastatin (Generic Mevacor)?

Take Mevacor tablets orally.

Take Mevacor tablets with food. If you take Mevacor once a day, take the dose with the evening meal. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. Do not take Mevacor with grapefruit juice; orange juice may be used instead.

Adults
The usual starting dose of Mevacor is 10 milligrams once a day, taken with the evening meal. The dose may however be increased to 20 or 40 milligrams a day if prescribed by your physician. The maximum recommended dose of Mevacor is 80 milligrams per day.

If you are taking Lopid, Atromid-S, Tricor or nicotinic acid in combination with Mevacor, your dose of Mevacor should not exceed 20 milligrams per day.

Cholesterol levels should be monitored periodically and consideration should be given to reducing the dose of Mevacor if cholesterol levels fall below the targeted range.

In patients taking immunosuppressive drugs concomitantly with Mevacor, therapy should begin with 10 mg of Mevacor and should not exceed 20 mg/day.

If you have reduced kidney function, your doctor will be cautious about increasing your dose of Mevacor.

Children
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of Mevacor in children. Special care may be needed.

Have you skipped your Mevacor dose?
If you miss a dose of Mevacor, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose of Mevacor, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses of Mevacor.

If you take too much of Mevacor?
Mevacor taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

Symptoms of Mevacor overdose may include

  • nausea,
  • diarrhea,
  • stomach distress, and
  • indigestion
Where should you store Mevacor?
Store Mevacor out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store Mevacor at room temperature between 5 and 30 degrees C (41 and 86 degrees F). Protect Mevacor from light. Throw away any unused amount of Mevacor after the expiration date.

Available strengths of Mevacor
Mevacor tablets are available in the strengths of 10 mg, 20 mg and 40 mg.
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Effect of other drugs consumed with Lovastatin (Generic Mevacor)

The following drugs may interact with Mevacor. They may increase or decrease the activity of Mevacor.

  • amprenavir
  • atazanavir
  • clarithromycin
  • delavirdine
  • erythromycin
  • grapefruit juice
  • indinavir
  • itraconazole
  • ketoconazole
  • lopinavir; ritonavir
  • mibefradil
  • nefazodone
  • nelfinavir
  • ritonavir
  • saquinavir
  • troleandomycin
  • went yeast (dietary supplement)
  • alcohol
  • amiodarone
  • barbiturates (examples: phenobarbital, butalbital, primidone)
  • bosentan
  • carbamazepine
  • cilostazol
  • cyclosporine
  • danazol
  • diltiazem
  • efavirenz
  • imatinib, STI-571
  • isradipine
  • fluconazole
  • medicines to lower cholesterol or triglycerides (examples: clofibrate, fenofibrate, gemfibrozil, niacin)
  • medicine used to stop early pregnancy (mifepristone, RU-486)
  • nicardipine
  • oxcarbazepine
  • phenytoin
  • rifampin, rifabutin, or rifapentine
  • St. John's Wort
  • telithromycin
  • verapamil
  • voriconazole
  • warfarin

Inform your health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way Mevacor works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

Who should not take Mevacor?
Do not use Mevacor if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Mevacor or similar anticholesterol drugs. Make sure that your doctor is aware of any drug reactions that you have experienced.

Mevacor should not be used if you are being treated for liver disease.

Do not take Mevacor if you are pregnant or nursing.

Mevacor may appear in breast milk and may have an effect on nursing infants. Do not take Mevacor without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

What should you watch for while taking Lovastatin (Generic Mevacor)?

Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You may need to have blood tests drawn to make sure your liver is working properly.

Tell your prescriber or health care professional as soon as you can if you get any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever and tiredness.

Some medicines increase the risk of muscle side effects while taking Mevacor. Discuss your drug regimen with your health care provider if you are prescribed certain antibiotics or antifungals, which are not recommended with Mevacor. Your prescriber may decide to temporarily stop the Mevacor while you are taking a short course of the antibiotic or antifungal therapy. Alternatively, your health care provider may prescribe another antibiotic or antifungal medicine for your condition.

Mevacor is only part of a total cholesterol-lowering program. Your physician or dietician can suggest a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet that will reduce your risk of getting heart and blood vessel disease. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking Mevacor.

Possible Side effects of Lovastatin (Generic Mevacor)

Side effects of Mevacor that you should be reported to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible: 

Rare or uncommon Side effects of Mevacor:

  • blurred vision, or vision changes
  • dark yellow or brown urine
  • decreased urination, difficulty passing urine
  • fever
  • muscle pain, tenderness, cramps, or weakness
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • skin rash, itching
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes

Side effects of Mevacor that usually do not require medical attention:

  • constipation or diarrhea
  • difficulty sleeping
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach pain or indigestion