Lovastatin - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Lovastatin

Generic Name : Lovastatin
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Lovastatin are provided here.

Pronunciation : loe' va sta tin

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Lovastatin, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

ICD Code : Y52.6 Therapeutic Classification : Antilipemics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Lovastatin

India :

International :

Altocor, Altoprev, Mevacor

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 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.

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 for Lovastatin?

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