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Please describe the medication: lovastatin?

Please describe the medication: lovastatin?

A statin: It is a member of the cholesterol lowering class called statins also known as hmg coenzyme reductase inhibitors. They inhibit an enzyme needed in the production of cholesterol. ...Read more

Dr. Joann Lindenfeld
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Lovastatin (Definition)

It is a member of the cholesterol lowering class called statins also known as hmg coenzyme reductase inhibitors. They inhibit an enzyme needed in ...Read more


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Why does lovastatin require that I take it with a meal while other cholesterol medications don't?

Why does lovastatin require that I take it with a meal while other cholesterol medications don't?

Better absorption: Lovastatin is a relatively week and short-acting medication compared to some of the other drugs in its class. Certain measures can improve its efficacy including taking in it the evening (so that it is working during the time that our body manufactures cholesterol) and taking it with a low fiber meal (to enhance absorption and serum levels of the drug). ...Read more

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What is Mevacor (lovastatin)?

Mevacor (lovastatin): Mevacor is lovastatin which is the first of the statin drugs. ...Read more

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What is lovastatin used for?

What is lovastatin used for?

Lower cholesterol: A member of the "statin" family drugs (atorvastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin, etc) that effectively lower cholesterol by turning off liver production. ...Read more

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Who should not use Mevacor (lovastatin)?

Mevacor (lovastatin): Hypersensitivity to any component of med. Active liver disease or unexplained persistent elevations of serum transaminases. Concomitant administration with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g., itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole, HIV protease inhibitors, boceprevir, telaprevir, erythromycin, clarithromycin, telithromycin, nefazodone, and cobicistat-containing products. See: ...Read more

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Why do you need to take lovastatin in the evening?

Lovastatin: You don't have to take lovastatin in the evening but you get a better cholesterol lowering with it taken in the evening. ...Read more

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How long does it take lovastatin to leave your system?

Half gone in 4 - 5 h: Half life of lovo is 4-5 hours. Ie: half is gone in that time. Usually takes 4-5 half lives to almost totally eliminate a drug from the body, so 5 X 5 = 25 hours. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lovastatin?

What are the side effects of lovastatin?

Muscle and liver: Usually nothing, but occasionally muscle pains, or liver irritation, and rarely muscle damage. ...Read more

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What is mevacor (lovastatin) side effects.?

Muscle pain, muscle: Weakness, liver enzyme abnormalities, and potentially liver failure and massive muscle damage. Those are at least the ones you need to discuss with your doctor and keep him aware if you develop symptoms, especially muscle weakness. ...Read more

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Could an overdose of lovastatin kill you quickly?

Could an overdose of lovastatin kill you quickly?

Overdosage statins: Very doubtful. There are a few reports of large overdosage of Lovastatin and in all these cases there was no ill effects. ...Read more

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Could a overdose of lovastatin effect an elderly person?

Could a overdose of lovastatin effect an elderly person?

Yes: Any drug in this class "statins", used for high cholesterol, can have side effects. Even a usual dose can cause liver inflammation, muscle inflammation and muscle weakness. In general, these are safe and effective drugs- on the market for a long time. Monitoring by your doctor is important for both safety and efficacy. ...Read more

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What if any are the side effects of mevacor (lovastatin)?

What if any are the side effects of mevacor (lovastatin)?

MANY....: Statin drugs such as Mevacor (lovastatin) are way overprescribed &cause muscle weakness, cramps, and weakness, but also cause joint pain, mental slowing, depression, aggressive behavior, and are now implicated in causing cancers, alzheimers, parkinsons disease. Be sure you are taking coq10 100-200mg a day while on a med like this. Read "the great cholesterol con". Huge controversy that most don't know about. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with Mevacor (lovastatin)?

Mevacor (lovastatin): See: http://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/mevacor-side-effects. Html

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What is the definition or description of: Lovastatin overdose?

Lovastatin overdose: An overdose occurs when an excessive / dangerous dose of a drug / substance is used. Overdose symptoms may include: "pain, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and weakness" REF: http://www. Healthline. Com/drugs/lovastatin/oral-tablet#Dosage4 ...Read more

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Do you need a prescription for Mevacor (lovastatin)?

Mevacor (lovastatin): Yes, Mevacor (lovastatin) requires a prescription.

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What is the treatment for lovastatin overdose?

What is the treatment for lovastatin overdose?

Lovastatin overdose: Call poison control. Try to eliminate from stomach if recent ingestion. If already digested, close observation and supportive care, with assessment of liver function. Most recover completely. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to drink beer while taking lovastatin?

Yes, but...: Just remember that Lovastatin is metabolized in the liver, which can be affected by alcohol. I would limit your drinking to no more than one alcoholic beverage per day. Be sure and tell you doctor so they can check your liver enzymes at your next blood draw. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women use Mevacor (lovastatin)?

Mevacor (lovastatin): FDA Pregnancy Category X (Should not be used during pregnancy) ...Read more

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How do lovastatin and crestor (rosuvastatin) differ?

How do lovastatin and crestor (rosuvastatin) differ?

STATINS: Crestor (rosuvastatin) is one of the newer statins and requires a lower dosage to block coenzyme a, because it is lipophilic. It is more expensive than lovastain, but has less side effects. To minimize side effects, patients on statins need to take Coenzyme Q10 or UBIQUINOL (the active version of COQ10. (REJUVENATION-SCIENCE. COM) ...Read more

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What are possible side effects of taking lovastatin for cholesterol?

Same as most statins: Lovastatin is a member of the statin family of cholesterol lowering agents. It has potentional side effects of muscle damage and pain. If its severe it can cause rhabdomyolysis. The byproduct of muscle damage (cpk) "cloggs" the kidneys and shuts them down. This is usually at very high doses and with other meds added. The higher the dose, pts with sick livers, and renal failure may be more susep. ...Read more

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Can I use the nutri bullet if I am on Paxil (paroxetine) and lovastatin?

Can I use the nutri bullet if I am on Paxil (paroxetine) and lovastatin?

Nutri Bullet: The only nutri bullet I know is a food extractor -- you can supposedly make nutritious drinks from vegetables and such with it. This would be fine to use, but if you're looking to spend money on a product like that you might want to shop around for products from companies that have been operating longer. I agree with telling your doctor about changes you're making, also. ...Read more

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It is OK to take Lovastatin 10 mg daily while a person is dieting (eating fruits, vegetable)?

It is OK to take Lovastatin 10 mg daily while a person is dieting (eating fruits, vegetable)?

Lova ok with veggies: Lovastatin is one of our oldest and safest statin drugs, medications which inhibit the production of cholesterol in the liver and reduce blockage in arteries. 10 mg is a small dose. Eating a healthy diet low in saturated fat is recommended while taking lovastatin, and including fruits and vegetables is not only OK, it is advisable. Enjoy them! ...Read more

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Could either metromine or lovastatin cause muscle cramps?

Could either metromine or lovastatin cause muscle cramps?

No, but: Metromine is chlorpheniramine, a systemic antihistamine. It does not cause muscle cramps. Lovastatin, a "statin" (an hmg reductase co-enzyme inhibitor) also doesn't cause muscle cramps but can cause diffuse, flu-like, muscle aching. Lowering the dose often relieves it. A 2 week drug holiday can help determine if it's contributing to muscle pain if you're uncertain. ...Read more

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Will lovastatin cause vomit and dizzy?

No: This medication should not cause this especially if taken in the evening. ...Read more

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Please suggest natural supplements that I can use to replace the lovastatin I am taking?

Please suggest natural supplements that I can use to replace the lovastatin I am taking?

Red Yeast Rice: You can use red yeast rice, but you'll be substituting a supplement with variable potency for a well regulated, FDA approved, thoroughly studied medicine that has been proved in many studies to be safe and effective. But it's up to you. ...Read more

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Can someone suggest natural supplements that I can use to replace the lovastatin I am taking?

Supplements: Some people use red yeast rice. Caution in the world of supplements: it is not as well regulated as the pharma is, so the consumer can not be guaranteed that they are really getting what is stated on the bottle. The active ingredient in red yeast rice is Lovastatin anyway. ...Read more

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I have 2 kind of medicine for cholesterol I was wondering if it was the same thing. There name are ATORVASTATIN and LOVASTATIN.?

Similar but not: The same. They are both statins which help to lower your bad cholesterol. Trade names for atorvastain is Lipitor, (atorvastatin) for lovastatin is Mevacor. Both are available in generic versions. ...Read more

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Can 20mg of lovastatin cause neck/shoulder discomfort & headache?

Can 20mg of lovastatin cause neck/shoulder discomfort & headache?

Possible: Any dose of a cholesterol medication can cause muscle issues but is less common than reports in the media. Your doctor can do some lab work to make sure the medication is not causing a harmful side effect for you that would need you to stop it. Don't stop your medicine without speaking to your doctor first. There are other choices to help cholesterol if needed ...Read more

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I have been having severe headaches since I started taking lovastatin, could this be a side effect?

LOVASTATIN: It is not clear.
If this is the case, you should ask your physician to stop it and see if the headaches resolve. ...Read more

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What are side effects of lovastatin, lisinopril and metformin in women?

What are side effects of lovastatin, lisinopril and metformin in women?

Same as in men.: Major side effects are: Lovastatin - muscle pain and liver enzyme elevation. Lisinopril- persistent low level cough and much less commonly painless swelling of the face. Metformin- diarrhea and abdominal cramping. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Altocor (Definition)

Altocor is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more


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