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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 to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors

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:

  • unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness;
  • fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine;
  • chest pain;
  • confusion, memory problems;
  • swelling, weight gain, urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • high blood sugar (increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss); or
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

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.

Before taking lovastatin, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver or kidney disease, diabetes, or a thyroid disorder, or if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.

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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