Lovastatin - Drug Information

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General Information on Lovastatin

Generic Name : Lovastatin

Pronunciation : loe' va sta tin

Latest prescription information about Lovastatin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Antilipemics

Why is Lovastatin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, prescribed for high cholesterol.  It reduces the production of certain fatty substances in the body.

When should Lovastatin not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with liver disease, elevated liver enzymes level, pregnancy, lactation and hypersensitivity.
It should not be co-administered with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category X :

Animal and/or human studies have demonstrated fetal injury and potential risks outweigh the benefits of the drug in pregnancy. These drugs are found to be harmful when taken during pregnancy, and should not be used.

What is the dosage of Lovastatin?

PO- The recommended dose range is 10-80 mg daily at bedtime.

How should Lovastatin be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Lovastatin?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver disease, alcoholism, who had an organ transplant or surgery, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly and children.
• It may cause dizziness or blurred vision, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
• Avoid alcohol consumption.
• Monitor blood cholesterol level, liver function tests and creatine phosphokinase (CPK) blood levels regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Lovastatin?

   Body As a Whole : Weakness.
   Gastrointestinal : Abdominal pain, non- fatal liver failure, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, flatulence and nausea.
   Musculoskeletal : Muscle cramps, muscle pain, Immune-Mediated Necrotizing Myopathy (IMNM).
   Central Nervous System : Dizziness, cognitive impairment (e.g., memory loss, forgetfulness, amnesia, memory impairment, confusion) and headache.
   Skin : Rash.
   Special Senses : Blurred vision.

What are the other precautions for Lovastatin?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Lovastatin?

Store it at room temperature (20-25°C). Store this medication away from light and out the reach of children.

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Gary Tan 

My doctor says this medicine can cause sleep disorders & insonmia. Asked me to stop .

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