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General Information
Brand names and manufacturer
Type: OTC/Prescription/schedule
Pronunciation 

Uses
 
What should I know before taking this drug
 
Precautions
 
Dosage information
  
Adverse reactions
 
Storage
 
Additional information if any
 
 

Aztatin tab (Sun)
Lostatin tab (Dr.Reddy’s)

Lovastatin is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner

Lovastatin is pronounced as: LOW-vuh-stat-in

Lovastatin is a lipid lowering drug belongs to HMG-coA reductase inhibitor. Lovastatin is also called as statin.

Lovastatin reduces the cholesterol level in the blood.
Lovastatin reduces the low density lipo protein (LDL) and total cholesterol there by it reduces the deposit of the fat in the blood vessels and hardening of arteries, the condition called heart disease which can lead to heart attack.

  • Take lovastatin exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
  • Do not take lovastatin more or longer than the prescribed time, follow the directions on the prescription label.
  • Lovastatin can be taken with or with out food with full glass of water. It is usually taken at bed time if the patient need to take more than once, it should be taken with food.
  • Do not skip any doses of lovastatin, continue to take it even you feel better. You must complete entire course of medication as instructed by your doctor.
  • Always remember to inform your helath expert if you are currently taking any prescription drugs like
    1. Anti fungal agents like fluconazole, itraconazole. ketoconazole
    2. Anti coagulants like warfarin.
    3. Immunosuppressant drugs like ciclosporin
    4. Other cholesterol lowering drugs like gemfibrozil, fenofibrate
  •  Inform your health care provider if you are suffering from any of the disease.
    1. Liver disease
    2. Kidney disease
    3. Diabetic
    4. Muscle disorder
  •  Inform your doctor if you take 3 or more alcoholic drinks in a day.

Do not take the lovastatin if you have sever liver or kidney disease and if you are hypersensitive to any statin drugs.
Lovastatin should not be taken if you are breast feeding a baby.

Children:
Old people: Caution is advised while using in elderly patients.

Pregnant woman: Lovastatinbelongs to  FDA pregnancy category X. This means that lovastatin will cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. The use of this drug in pregnancy clearly outweighs any possible benefit. Do not use lovastatin if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.

Lactating women: Lovastatin passes into breast milk and harm nursing baby. Do not use lovastatin if you are breastfeeding your child.
 
Other: Avoid drinking alcohol while taking lovastatin.
 

Lovastatin is available in the form of tablet.

Use lovastatin as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.

If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose

In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician

The common side effects for lovastatin are

  • Head ache
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness

If you experience any of the following side effects contact the doctor immediately

  • Yellowing of eyes and skin
  • Dark urine
  • Sever fatigue
  • Stomach pain
  • Sever nausea

Store lovastatin at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.

  • Lovastatin alone can not help reduce the cholesterol level, strict diet, exercise and weight control is required for better results.
  • Avoid eating foods which have high cholesterol. Avoid eating grape fruit or grape fruit juice which interact with lovastatin and cause dangerous side effects.
  • Lovastatin you may need to take on long term basis if you have severe high cholesterol.
  • To make sure lovastatin helping your condition you may need to do blood lipid profile test while taking the medication.

It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.

Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: May 31, 2012