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What is lovastatin?

Lovastatin is a prescription drug. It comes as an immediate-release tablet and an extended-release tablet. An immediate-release drug goes into your bloodstream right away. An extended-release drug is slowly released into your bloodstream over time. Both of these tablets are taken by mouth.

The extended-release tablets are available as the brand-name drug Altoprev. The immediate-release tablets are available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name drug.

How it works

Lovastatin belongs to a class of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. These are also called statins. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Lovastatin works by slowing the production of cholesterol in your body.

How is this medicine (Lovastatin Tablets) best taken?

Use this medicine (lovastatin tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with the evening meal if taking once daily.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep taking this medicine (lovastatin tablets) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.

Lovastatin side effects

The more common side effects that can occur with use of lovastatin include:

  • pain in your stomach area
  • nausea
  • heartburn
  • constipation
  • headache
  • weakness/lack of energy
  • muscle pain
  • memory loss/forgetfulness

Lovastatin and Alcohol

Drinking alcohol while on lovastatin can increase the risks of serious side effects.

Talk to your doctor about these risks.

Lovastatin and Other Interactions

Avoid drinking large amounts of grapefruit juice while taking lovastatin. Don’t consume more than 1 liter per day.