A class of drugs known as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) includes lovastatin. It reduces the amount of cholesterol that may accumulate on the walls of the arteries and prevent blood flow to the heart, brain, and other parts of the body by slowing down the production of cholesterol in the body.
People with heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease take lovastatin in conjunction with a healthy diet, exercise, and weight loss to lower their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. It also lowers the likelihood that they will require heart surgery. Additionally, lovastatin is used to lower blood levels of cholesterol (a fat-like substance) and other fatty substances.
Lovastatin can be taken orally as a tablet or as an extended-release (long-acting) tablet. The usual dose of the tablet is taken with meals once or twice a day. The extended-release tablet is typically taken before going to bed once per day. Every day, take lovastatin at roughly the same time(s). Carefully follow the instructions on your prescription label, and if you have any questions, ask your pharmacist or doctor. Lovastatin should be taken exactly as directed. Do not take it more frequently or less frequently than your doctor has instructed.
Completely swallow the extended-release tablets; They should not be split, chewed, or crushed.
Your PCP might begin you on a low portion of lovastatin and step by step increment your portion, not at least a few times at regular intervals.
Even if you are feeling well, continue taking lovastatin. Without consulting your doctor, do not stop taking lovastatin.
Diarrhea, constipation, headache, muscle pain, rash, and difficulty sleeping are all common side effects. Problems with the liver, weakness in the muscles, and kidney failure are all possible side effects. It is not recommended to use while breastfeeding because it could harm the baby.
Please consult your doctor/physician/specialist before taking any healthcare products. In case of allergic reaction to the medicines/substance, please take immediate medical help.