Lovastatin is a member of the drug class of statins, being an agent used for lowering cholesterol and preventing cardiovascular disease. It can also be naturally found in food such as red yeast rice and oyster mushrooms.
This medication is used with diet, weight-loss and exercise to minimize the risk of heart attacks and stroke and to decrease the need for surgery in people with heart diseases.
Lovastatin comes as a tablet that is taken by mouth. Before taking Lovastatin, tell your doctor if you:
• take one of the following medications: bocepravir (Victrelis); clarithromycin (Biaxin); erythromycin (E.E.S.,EryC); itraconazole (Sporanox); ketoconazole (Nizoral); nefazodone; certain HIV protease inhibitors including amprenavir (Agenerase), atazanavir (Reyataz), darunavir (Prezista), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), indinavir (Crixivan), lopinavir (in Kaletra), nelfinavir (Viracept), ritonavir (Norvir, in Kaletra), saquinavir (Invirase), and tipranavir (Aptivus); posaconazole (Noxafil); telapravir (Incivek) and telithromycin (Ketek).
• have liver disease
• drink more than two alcoholic beverages daily
• you’re pregnant or you plan to become
• are having surgery, even dental surgery
• plan to take supplements, vitamins or other medications such as: amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone); anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) such as warfarin (Coumadin); cimetidine (Tagamet); colchicine (Colcrys); cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune); danazol (Danocrine);diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac); erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Erythrocin); other cholesterol-lowering medications such as fenofibrate (Tricor), gemfibrozil (Lopid), and niacin (nicotinic acid, Niacor, Niaspan); spironolactone (Aldactone); ranolazine (ranexa); verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan), and voriconazole (Vfend)
Lovastatin may cause also side effects such as:
• memory loss or forgetfulness
• lack of energy
• muscle pain
• flu-like symptoms
• loss of appetite
• unusual bleeding or bruising
• dark coloured urine
• pain in the upper right part of the stomach
• breathing or swallowing difficulties
• swelling of the face, tongue, eyes, hands, feet, lips, ankles, lower legs
Lovastatin has to be kept in the container it came in, out of reach of children and tightly closed.
Take the dose that your doctor recommends you, but never take a double dose at once if you have forgotten to take one.