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|US Brand Name||Mevacor|
Lovastatin is a hypolipidemic drug that lowers the cholesterol levels of the body. It belongs to the class of statins or HMG CoA inhibitors. It is a vital part of cholesterol lowering treatment plan. It reduces the risk of heart related problems like angina and heart attack.
Understating the ailments it is used for:
Lovastatin is given in Dyslipidemia that makes the person prone to serious cardiovascular diseases like heart failure, heart attack and angina pectoris.
Understanding the drug Lovastatin:
How it works?
Lovastatin is an Antihyperlipidemic or Hypolipidemic drug that is given in Dyslipidemia as it reduces the elevated levels of lipoproteins and facilitates smooth arterial blood flow.
Lovastatin acts by interfering in the synthesis of cholesterol and steroids. It stops the activity of the enzyme known as HMG-CoA reductase which has a key role in synthesis and doesn’t allow the formation of Mevalonic acid a precursor for the cholesterol synthesis. Liver makes two third of the daily cholesterol requirement.
Lovastatin increases the removal of LDL-C bad cholesterol levels from the body by up regulation of the LDL-C receptors. It also lowers the raised triglyceride levels and increases the High density lipoprotein levels in the body. Lovastatin avoids the deposition of excessive fat in the body by increasing good cholesterol levels and reducing bad cholesterol levels.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Lovastatin if you:
- Have allergy to Lovastatin
- Have liver problems
- Have low blood pressure and thyroid problems
- Drink alcohol
- Are having epilepsy
- Are taking anti fungal drugs and antibiotics like Ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin
- Are taking Conivaptan medicine
How much to take?
Always take the dose as prescribed by the physician. It is very important to consume medicine timely. The general recommended dose starts from 10 mg and can be increased maximum up to 80 mg depending upon the patient’s severity of the condition.
What are the strengths available?
Lovastatin tablets contain the following two strength combinations on the website:
Lostatin 10 mg
Lostatin 20 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Lostatin is manufactured by Dr Reddy’s labs, a pharmaceutical giant. It is available on our websites in the pack of 30 tablets.
How to take?
You must swallow the whole tablet with one glass full of water. Do not crush or chew it.
When to take?
Single dose of Lovastatin can be taken once in a day or divided dose can be taken twice a day. It can be taken with or without food a day. It is best to take the medicine at a same time daily as it helps to remember when to take the drug.
For how long should it be taken?
It is important to take the drug as instructed by your doctor. Abrupt discontinuation of medicine can cause adverse reactions. So before stopping the drug intake, always consult physician first.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
You may need urgent medical attention or you can dial Poison helpline number in case of any unusual symptoms experienced due to overdosage.
What if you miss the dose?
Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose then skip the dose and take your next dose on the correct time. Do not double up the dose to compensate for the missed one.
What are the side effects?
All medicines have their side effects, sometimes they are serious but most of the times they are not. You may need medical help in case any of following trouble arises:
- Joint pain
- Mild nausea
- Mild muscular pain
- Tenderness of muscles
- Chest pain
- Upper stomach pain
- Clay colored stools
- Dark colored urine
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Lovastatin. Drugs listed below may interact with Lovastatin and can hinder its normal functioning:
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Keep the medicine in a close tight container and out of reach of children
- Don’t use the expired drug
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- Always take low cholesterol diet, eat fibrous foods and fruits and do physical exercise as it will give enhanced result in lowering high levels of lipids
- Eat green vegetables like Carrots, Peas and Green beans. Increase the intake of fibrous products like Apples, bananas and peach as it will really help you in cut down on saturated fat.
- This drug may cause dizziness or blurred vision. So avoid, using sedative drugs or alcohol with it
- Don’t exceed the recommended dose