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Generic: lovastatin
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It lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood

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What is this medicine?

LOVASTATIN (LOE va sta tin) is known as a HMG- CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood. This drug may also reduce the risk of heart attack or other health problems in patients with risk factors for heart disease. Diet and lifestyle changes are often used with this drug.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • frequently drink alcoholic beverages
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • muscle aches or weakness
  • other medical condition
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to lovastatin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 10 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • boceprevir
  • certain antibiotics like erythromycin, clarithromycin, and telithromycin
  • certain antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
  • gemfibrozil
  • herbal medicines like red yeast rice
  • medicines for fungal infections like itraconazole, ketoconazole, and posaconazole
  • mifepristone, RU- 486
  • nefazodone
  • telaprevir

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol
  • amiodarone
  • colchicine
  • cyclosporine
  • danazol
  • diltiazem
  • fluconazole
  • grapefruit juice
  • other medicines for high cholesterol
  • ranolazine
  • verapamil
  • voriconazole
  • warfarin

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