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Dr. Joann Lindenfeld
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Lovastatin (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Joann Lindenfeld
142 doctors shared insights

Lovastatin (Overview)

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.


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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

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

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 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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I have taken a statin for 20 years. In the last year, zocor (simvastatin) caused severe muscle cramps. Now lovastatin does too. What alternative to stations?

Statin Alternatives: This is one of the most common issues that come up in my practice. Before changing any statin drugs - it is imperative to know why you are on them. However, there are other drugs choices available - namely Zetia (ezetimibe) - and niacin. Some non-medical alternatives i often discuss with my patients are exercise as well as the use of soluble fiber such as oatmeal and Metamucil on a daily basis. ...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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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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What is Mevacor (lovastatin)?

What is Mevacor (lovastatin)?

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

Dr. James Lin
41 doctors shared insights

Mevacor (Definition)

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


Dr. James Krick
34 doctors shared insights

Altocor (Definition)

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