Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Altoprev, Mevacor
Generic Name: lovastatin (Pronunciation: LOE va sta tin)
What is lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor)?
Lovastatin is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Lovastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).
Lovastatin is used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old.
Lovastatin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Altoprev 20 mg
round, orange, imprinted with LOGO 20
Altoprev 40 mg
round, yellow, imprinted with LOGO 40
Altoprev 60 mg
round, yellow, imprinted with LOGO 60
Lovastatin 10 mg-APO
round, white, imprinted with APO, L10
Lovastatin 10 mg-MUT
round, orange, imprinted with MP 532
Lovastatin 10 mg-MYL
round, white, imprinted with M L19
Lovastatin 10 mg-TEV
round, orange, imprinted with 926, TEVA
Lovastatin 20 mg-APO
round, white, imprinted with APO, LOV 20
Lovastatin 20 mg-MUT
round, blue, imprinted with MP 533
Lovastatin 20 mg-MYL
round, yellow, imprinted with M L20
Lovastatin 20 mg-TEV
round, blue, imprinted with 576, TEVA
Lovastatin 40 mg-APO
round, white, imprinted with LOV 40, APO
Lovastatin 40 mg-MUT
round, green, imprinted with MP 534
Lovastatin 40 mg-MYL
round, pink, imprinted with M L21
Lovastatin 40 mg-TEV
round, green, imprinted with 928, TEVA
Mevacor 20 mg
octagonal, blue, imprinted with MEVACOR, MSD 731
Mevacor 40 mg
octagonal, green, imprinted with MEVACOR, MSD 732
What are the possible side effects of lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking lovastatin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor)?
You should not take lovastatin if you are allergic to it, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have liver disease.
Stop taking this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
In rare cases, lovastatin can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Lovastatin will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.
There are many other drugs that can increase your risk of serious medical problems if you take them together with lovastatin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Lovastatin is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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